Half Dome and El Capitan during a clearing storm, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Half Dome and El Capitan during a clearing storm, Yosemite

We’ve seen a pretty active weather pattern here in California since late November. There haven’t been any big storms, but rather a series of smaller systems. Each dose of precipitation brings a chance to photograph a clearing storm – if the timing is right. And the timing has been perfect a few times.

My last post featured a sunrise clearing storm on Christmas Eve. The photographs in this post were actually made about a week before that, when another small weather system cleared just before sunrise.

Forecasts show a slight chance of showers tonight, and faint chances of showers on Wednesday and Saturday. We’ll see after that. It would be nice to get a big dump of snow, but I’ll be happy if these small storms keep coming.

— Michael Frye

P.S. On New Year’s Eve I’ll be posting the nominees for my best photos of 2019, and asking you to vote and help pick the final ten. Keep an eye out for that post!

Bridalveil Fall at sunrise, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Bridalveil Fall at sunrise, Yosemite

The heart of El Capitan, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

The heart of El Capitan, Yosemite

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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 Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, 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: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has 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.