Surviving Oak in the Fire Zone

As I was taking this picture in a burnt area of Yosemite Valley very early in the morning last week, I heard the sound of wind coming from above, then two popping sounds. I looked up. Base jumpers. First two, and then a third flying from the cliffs of Cathedral Peaks soaring towards a mist-shrouded […]

Winter Compositions, Part 4 — Reflections and Yosemite’s Unique Light

Yosemite National Park’s iconic landmarks  — Half Dome, El Capitan, the grand waterfalls — are most frequently the main subject of photographs, and for good reason. They are dramatic, photogenic representations of a very beloved place. But what makes Yosemite Valley really special is the unique quality of the light there. The Valley’s towering walls […]

Winter Compositions, Part 2 — Moving with the Light

Northern California finally received some much needed precipitation, which showed up over the weekend like a long lost friend. No one was muttering about the rain this time. It was a welcome visitor. In Yosemite, the waterfalls that only a month ago were but a trickle were finally flowing again, perhaps not as robustly as […]

Winter Compositions, Part 1 — Photographing Rainbows

California is facing the driest year on record, which was evident during my recent visit to Yosemite. Its grand waterfalls are down to a trickle, and the mighty Merced River is low enough to wade across. Nonetheless, it doesn’t take much water to make a rainbow, and yesterday, when I photographed Lower Yosemite Falls, there […]