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Yosemite Valley, Springtime | by Tyler Westcott
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Yosemite Valley, Springtime

I just got back from my third ever visit to Yosemite Valley. After living in San Francisco for nearly 7 years, it was only back in October that I made it there for the first visit, and I've been addicted ever since. Having seen it in Autumn and Winter, my wife and I had to go back to see it in Spring.


The weather was remarkably hot - 90s on the valley floor, 100°F+ on the rim. It wasn't really until this afternoon that any clouds really came in either (meaning little hope of clouds coming along to bring shady relief). As we were returning to the Wawona Tunney View overlook to get our food from the bear lockers my wife pointed out the great cloud hanging over El Capitan, so I just had to take another shot (to add to the millions out there).


I'm quite happy with the color here, I shot with a polarizer which really boosted the contrast in the sky nicely. And Bridalveil Falls on the right if flowing at full force, as with every other waterfall in the valley.


We had an exhausting weekend in the park and many more shots should follow this week (and then eventually I'll get back to more shots from the southwest too).


Nikon D40 | Sigma 10-20@18mm | f/9 | 1/125s | ISO200 | Handheld

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Taken on May 18, 2008