Tenaya Falling Water

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    A big thunderstorm hit Yosemite on Saturday, July 24th, bringing lots of rain and hail to the high country. Driving along Tioga Pass Road, just east of Tenaya Lake, I pulled over to see if I could wait it out. After being pummeled with marble-sized hail for about 15 minutes, I was rewarded with a spontaneous waterfall cascading over the granite slope on the opposite side of the road right above a nice display of wildflowers. I should note that this was a handheld shot as my tripod was busy keeping dry in the trunk. Thus, it's a bit soft in focus. Nevertheless, it was a great opportunity to capture something unusual. Another transcendent moment in the wilderness...

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    1. Robin Black Photography 56 months ago | reply

      You, my dear, have a very steady hand! I'm amazed at the sharpness of the pic AND the blurred water motion! Lovely shot, and congrats for capturing such a beautiful, fleeting moment. Truly one of a kind.

    2. dubonnet [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      What a dreamscape Kahlee!! Just amazing!

    3. Kahlee Spiritdancing 56 months ago | reply

      Thank you, Robin and Sharon. I do a lot of hand-held shots like this. I know all the best photographers will tell you to use a tripod for everything, but I can tell you from my own experience that a lot of the shots I get, there's just no time or place to set one up. (And honestly, sometimes I'm just too lazy to bother.) So instead, I brace myself against something, in this case, the door frame and window of my car, and hope for the best. (Same way I leaned up against a pine tree for the flooded meadow reflections of Mt. Dana and Mt. Gibbs I posted earlier.)

      Thank goodness for image stabilization, although here, I was shooting handheld at around 1/8 to 1/20 of a second and IS is pretty much useless at those slower shutter speeds. As it turned out, I never took the tripod out of the trunk my entire trip...

    4. Darvin Atkeson 56 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot. I headed up there this last week to get some shots of the thunderstorms. The webcams all seemed to support a growing storm but by the time we arrived the clouds had all blown out. I probably should have stayed longer but decided to try the next two days and of course, nothing but clear skies. In looking at this shot, I probably should have looked for some shots that didn't involve the sky. Nicely done.


    5. Darvin Atkeson 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called California Photographer - (Indicate location or geotag image), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Nick Boren Photography 56 months ago | reply

      Yosemite is such a wonderful place to photograph in.. I must go back one day and spend more time.. :-) What a fabulous shot here Kahlee.. I really like your choice of shutter speed here.. and the colors are divine.. :-)

    7. pendeho 56 months ago | reply

      Wow, how rare is that. Glad you were there.

    8. Kahlee Spiritdancing 56 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for the comments. I'm really glad I saw this scene and was able to capture it.

    9. DM Weber 56 months ago | reply

      remarkable for being hand-held. beautiful.

    10. NaturalLight 56 months ago | reply

      That's great.... nothing like taking advantage of unusual conditions...

    11. Chief Bwana 56 months ago | reply

      Lucky catch with falling water and wildflowers.

    12. 20Bunyip10 56 months ago | reply

      Nothing like being at the right place at the right time, gorgeous shot.

    13. Marlo Reyes Photography 56 months ago | reply

      The spirit is really dancing with this shot. Awesome.

    14. jeandayphotography.com 56 months ago | reply

      This is such a precious scene, and one only you could capture!

    15. horsetrainer~Mary~ 56 months ago | reply

      A spectacular shot made more so by where and how you got it . . . I want to jump in the car and get up there!

    16. Paul Porter Photography 56 months ago | reply

      Exhilarated by the irrepressible torrent, an artist has patiently awaited in the storm battered landscape, as her heart extends her vision into hillsides of painted rockfall and luminous blossoms as silver curtains caressing walls of light, convene into alternating veils and cascades, spontaneously spilling in riotous exuberance, unrestrained, into the lush highlands.

    17. twodeserts 56 months ago | reply

      There aren't enough words. Not enough adjectives....this is wonderful.

    18. Kahlee Spiritdancing 56 months ago | reply

      Thank you all so much for the favs and comments.

    19. Fliedermaus 56 months ago | reply

      Lovely - especially with the story!

    20. Yosemite Conservancy 46 months ago | reply

      Incredible! Thanks for posting.

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