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Yosemite Falls, Autumn | by Tyler Westcott
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Yosemite Falls, Autumn

In mid-October I had the good fortune to visit Yosemite National Park. When we first arrived, it was a fairly typical autumn - cool weather, leaves changing color, and waterfalls nearly completely dry. Fortunately, what I believe was the first major rain of the fall (there's been more since) arrived on our second day. While it spoiled some of our hiking ambitions, it was beautiful to have fog and rain in the valley too. It continued to rain and, amazingly, all of the waterfalls sprung back to life again.

 

With umbrella in-hand, we took the short walk to Lower Yosemite Falls. For those who haven't been before, this is a short paved walk from the roadway to see the base of the lower falls. Along the way there are beautiful views of essentially the entire 2400 foot cascade, framed by trees on either side. I had a longer 70-200mm lens on my camera for this walk, and focused more closely on a narrower view of the scene, with the upper falls disappearing behind granite, and the lower falls emerging from the central cascades below. I'll hopefully have more photographs to share from this beautiful weekend, if I can find some time to process them.

 

Nikon D810 | Nikon 70-200mm f/4@92mm | f/8 | 1/60s | ISO 400

  

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Taken on October 16, 2016