Smoke from the Big Meadow Fire has reduced visibility on the Tioga Pass Road and forced its closure. The Big Oak Flat Road between Yosemite Valley and Crane Flat (Highway 120) has been closed since last Wednesday.
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Joe Decker posted a nice review of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite on the photocrati blog.
The reception for my latest exhibit, called Color, Light, and Form, was held last night at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley. I got to meet some nice people—thanks to all of you who attended. I know many folks couldn’t make it because of the Big Meadow fire; in fact El Portal was being evacuated at the time! El Portal seems safe for the time being, so that’s good news, but the Big Oak Flat Road between Yosemite Valley and Crane Flat is closed, and likely to remain so for at least a few days. You can find more information about the fire on the park service’s web site and the Yosemite Blog.
The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite is back in stores! Amazon doesn’t have it yet, but you can order online through The Ansel Adams Gallery. You can also pick up a copy in Yosemite at the Gallery or next door at the Visitor Center.
Back on June 15th I wondered whether the unusually wet early-summer weather might provide us with a better-than-average summer wildflower season. In short, the answer turned out to be no. I’d rate the bloom as about average this year. But an average flower year in the Yosemite high country is still very nice! I made the image above—including corn lily, lupine, paintbrush, yampa, cow parsnip, and fireweed—near the Glacier Point Road on August 1st. Let’s hope for a wet winter and an exceptional wildflower season next year.