If I were to make a list of my favorite places on earth, the Yosemite high country would have to be near the top. There’s something about the thin, pine-scented air, intense light, vast expanses of polished granite, and lakes sparkling in the sun…
I’ve spent a lot of time in this area over the last 40 years. I feel like this land is part of me, and me part of it. Some spots are as familiar to me as Yosemite Valley, and yet I’m still finding new places to explore.
This year Tioga Pass opened while Claudia and I were up in the redwoods, so we didn’t get to visit the high country while snow and ice still lingered on the peaks and lakes. But since we returned from the redwoods we’ve made several day trips up there, and also managed a couple of extended stays on the east side in Lee Vining, allowing us to get a good dose of that clean, thin mountain air. And the high country has had some spells of clouds, showers, and thunderstorms to add interest to the sky and motivate me to get out there.
Here are a few high-country photos from this summer. And it looks like there’s more interesting weather arriving next week…
— Michael Frye
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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.
The backlit Paintbrush is divine, Michael!
Thanks very much Vivienne!
I don’t think I’ve seen a more perfect reflection, Michael. No wonder this place is in your soul.
One day, COVID willing, I might get there!
Thanks so much Geoff!
Thanks for sharing these beautiful images. especially the one with reflection. I recently also downloaded your Yosemite App, which is quite amazing and has lots of tips on what and when to photograph. I am planning to use that frequently
You’re welcome Kouros, and thanks! Glad you like the images and the app.