Full Moonrise over Yosemite Valley

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January 2012
Yosemite National Park, California
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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. When atmospheric conditions are right in the winter months, incredible colors can occur at sunset. Also at this time of year the moon rises far to the north, and with no snow we could drive up to Glacier Point. The afternoon seemed a bit dull, (it was the correct evening for a moonrise just at sunset) so my family and I decided to take a chance and drive up to Sentinel Dome in the Park. The clouds stayed overhead until almost 5PM. But then within seconds, the clouds parted to the west. I made this image looking over Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and on to the high country of the park with the Clark Range in the far distance. The moon rose in the perfect location, and rose at the perfect time. This was one of the most intense lightshows that I have ever witnessed in my 35 years of photography.