Yosemite Waterfalls June 1 – 5, 2009
An incredible week shooting all the waterfalls (and then some) in the valley. Although we concentrated on waterfalls, we also did night shooting, sunset shooting and twice went to Glacier Point. The weather was very unsettled which made for great photo opportunities.
The crowning excursion had to be the hike up the Yosemite Falls trail to get the moonbow from a vantage point few have ever photographed.
It was a hard hike up that trail with full packs of photo gear, food and water. Thank goodness there was a creek that enabled us to fill our containers.
Monday, June 1
We started on June 1 shooting Lower Yosemite Fall from the trail. The waterfall spray and crowds were too oppressive to shoot from the landing.
Then, it was on to lunch. Afterward we noticed the clouds were looking pretty good, so we headed up to Tunnel View to shoot clouds.
It became apparent that clouds were continuing to build, so we headed to Glacier Point to try our luck at a grand sunset, something which is never guaranteed, but when it happens is worth the trip.
Tuesday, June 2
Next day it was the Vernal Fall hike or as it is known the “Mist Trail”, named for the strong waterfall spray that deluges the trail. Wet, windy and cold.
Shooting Vernal Fall was very difficult due to the strong spray, cold wind and overcast conditions. But we persevered up the trail to the top of Vernal Fall.
Wednesday, June 3
A busy day; shooting two waterfalls, and a tremendous bear sighting; two adolescent bears roaming the meadow next to the chapel.
Previous to our great bear sighting, we were at Cascade Falls.
Then, it was on to Fern Spring
That night we did some night shooting from Tunnel View
Thursday, June 4
We hiked up the Yosemite Falls Trail to capture the moonbow. 99% of all shots of the moonbow in the Upper Yosemite Fall spray are shot from the valley floor. We hiked up and began shooting after dark as soon as the moon was in the right position.