It’s still winter in Yosemite, but spring has arrived at lower elevations. Poppies have exploded along the Merced River west of the park. They’re blooming across the river from Highway 140 between Briceburg and the rock-slide detour. The largest, densest patches have sprouted in places burned by the Telegraph Fire last summer, although other poppies are starting to appear in the usual spots further east in the canyon.
Archive for February, 2009
On Thursday evening I photographed Horestail Fall from near “Rowell’s View,” one of the small clearings east of the El Capitan picnic area. Two friends and I arrived about 4:30 and got the last two marginal parking spaces. There were easily 100 photographers in the vicinity, most set up right in the plowed parking area – not the best view in my opinion, as it’s too directly underneath the fall. But once we left the picnic area we were virtually alone.
The next in a long series of winter storms is due to arrive in Yosemite tomorrow. This one is expected to be warmer than the previous two or three; the forecast calls for a snow level of 5000 feet, so it will probably rain at 4000 feet in Yosemite Valley. But the snow level often drops at the tail end of a storm, so it’s possible that the valley floor will get a dusting of fresh snow on Tuesday. Those of you living in the Bay Area who’ve already been drenched by rain may be surprised to hear that we’re not expecting this storm until tomorrow, but it’s stalled and moving slowly.
Two of my images have been included in the Yosemite Renaissance XXIV juried competition, including Oak Leaf Floating in the Merced River, above. The exhibit will be shown at the Yosemite Museum, next to the Visitor Center, from February 27th through May 3rd. A reception will be held on February 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., where prizes and awards will be announced. This is always a fun event, worth making a trip to Yosemite for!
The National Weather Service is predicting snow tonight and tomorrow down to 3500 feet near Yosemite, and they’ve issued a winter storm warning. They’re expecting unsettled weather all week, with another system arriving Wednesday, and a third around Saturday. In the short term this could mean some great conditions for photography between storms. In the long term this is good news for the state’s water supply, and for photographers hoping for waterfalls and wildflowers.
Five of my nighttime rock art photographs will be featured in the exhibit “Rock Art Perspectives: Pictographs and Petroglyphs,” at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon beginning February 13th. The exhibit will also include photographs by David Muench, paintings by Native American artists, and finding by archeologists. A reception will be held on April 2nd. I don’t know yet whether I’ll be able to make it up there for the reception, but if you live in the area it sounds like an interesting show. You can see a few more of my rock art images in my Night Portfolio.
Conditions haven’t changed much since my post from January 19th. Most of the valley floor has old snow, with breakable crust that’s hard to walk on. But of course there are always things to photograph.