Sunrise from Tunnel View after a snowstorm, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Sunrise from Tunnel View after a snowstorm, last Wednesday morning

In this dry winter, snow has been rare in Yosemite Valley, but last Tuesday night the valley got about six inches of new snow. Wednesday the skies cleared, and mist rose around the cliffs – a beautiful morning for photography.

I drove up to the park early and started at Tunnel View, then moved to several other places in the valley, and didn’t stop photographing until the sun had melted most of the snow out of the trees. It was definitely a fun morning, and I’ve included a few of my photographs here.

Apparently many other photographers were waiting for an event like this, because I saw lots of people out with cameras and tripods. It would be great to see what everyone else captured, so if you were there last Wednesday please post a link to your images in the comments!

— Michael Frye

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El Capitan reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

El Capitan reflected in the Merced River

Snow-covered alder and reflections in the Merced River, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Snow-covered alder and reflections in the Merced River

Snowy black oak, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Snowy black oak

Snow-covered ponderosa pine, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Snow-covered ponderosa pine

Black oak and young ponderosa pine, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Black oak and young ponderosa pine

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to YosemiteYosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.