Warm and Cold
Yosemite in the summer has become like a Disneyland. There are people everywhere. I know I am part of the problem, but the reason is that Yosemite has become too civilized that it attracts a lot of crowd. The long line of cars everywhere, slow moving traffic, full parking lots are all a sign that something must be done to regulate the traffic.
It became quite apparent as I was hurrying to catch the sunset on top of Sentinel dome. A 30 mile drive which shouldn't have taken more than 45 minutes took double that time. Traffic crawled while getting out of the park. Construction work had blocked traffic for another 15 mintes. It was rather exasperating.
I finally make it to the trailhead to Sentinel dome a few minutes before sunset and I immediately get lost in the multitude of snow trails that lead out of there (yes, there was plenty of snow). I finally find my way to the peak about a mile away and start climbing the small sheet of slippery snow to the top, all while trying to observe a glorious sunset happening right in front of me.
Slipping and sliding in the snow, I finally make it to a vantage point to get enough space to compose. I spent a few minutes shooting before heading up to catch the last rays on the Jeffrey Pine.
The ridges and dips in the cool snow was accentuated by the warm colors of the setting sun.
A magical moment.
Finally, I was all alone for a few minutes of solitude.
I took in a last sip of that before I trudged up the slope.
I was yet to know about the long night of shooting ahead.... But that thought of a full moon kept me going. (Some call it the photographer's adrenalin)
View on Black.
Yosemite National Park