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A Winter’s Eve On The Merced | by WJMcIntosh
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A Winter’s Eve On The Merced

One of the upsides of moving all of my classes online during the pandemic this past year has been the new flexibility in my schedule. During the normal season at the college, many of my weekends would have been taken up with competitions, festivals and workshops, all of which, sadly, aren't happening this year. Instead, my weekends were going to be wide open this Winter and I was very much looking forward to taking a few trips back up to Yosemite to get some more shooting in during my favorite season in the park.

 

Unfortunately, this is easily one of the worst rainy seasons we've ever had in California. In my neighborhood, it's rained exactly three times since last May. Yosemite hasn't fared much better with the snow fall far below normal for this time of year. I'm hoping things will begin to change this weekend with a few snow showers in the forecast.

 

Since I haven't been able to make a trip up there so far this Winter, I have instead been sorting through some of my photos from my last Winter trip in 2019. On this particular evening, the park had received nearly three feet of snow on the valley floor and I had just done a face plant in a drift shortly before this photo was taken. As I recall, it was day in February when most of the other photographers in the valley were fighting over spots to shoot a fiery Horsetail Fall. Instead of joining the scrum, I headed down to the river in search of some solitude and stumbled on this view just as the sky lit up.

 

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Taken on February 17, 2019