Sunset over Tenaya Canyon

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12-10
Date:
January 2012
Location:
Yosemite National Park, CA

The winter of 2012 was very dry here in the High Sierra. The Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite was still open until late January. This led to a number of wonderful photographs of the high country. When atmospheric conditions are right in the winter months, incredible colors can occur at sunset. It takes a very, very clear evening to the west, clear far out over the Pacific Ocean to produce these amazing magenta colors. The afternoon was overcast, but my daughter, Sabrina and I decided to take a chance and drive up to the park. The clouds stayed overhead until almost 5PM. I had given up and was thinking that it was so wonderful to just be here in January. But then within seconds, the clouds parted to the west. I made this image looking down Tenaya Canyon to Half Dome and the Valley. This was one of the most intense lightshows that I have ever witnessed in my 35 years of photography. I made three images within minutes, and then the light was gone, gone into a memory never to be forgotten.