Winter into Spring: Yosemite’s annual transformation explored
Spring is one of my favorite seasons to thoroughly experience Yosemite National Park. Each month brings new, unique conditions and photographic opportunities.
The following photographs were made over the course of three Spring visits to Yosemite Valley this year.
In March, the angle of the sun is still low, creating rainbows and other nice light on the waterfalls. Morning fog is not uncommon this time of year. Neither is the occasional snow shower. At lower elevations, California celebrates the return of green hills in March. However, Yosemite Valley, at 4,000 feet above sea level, is still locked in Winter. By the end of the month, temperatures begin to rise and the granite drys out. Rock climbers begin to crawl all over El Capitan.
By April, some of the trees start to push out new, bright green foliage. Redbud and California Poppies bloom along the Merced River just outside the park. The waterfalls swell and meadows are transformed into shallow lakes.
By May, the Dogwoods are in full swing, their cheery white flowers bouncing on lateral branches. The Merced River roars through the canyon with a sound like music.
If you’d like to see more Yosemite photographs through the seasons, you can see several of my portfolios HERE. And, be sure to sign up for my NEWSLETTER to get photography tips, events news, and more.
Charlotte Gibb is a contemporary fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in landscapes of the Western United States. Her images are often taken in familiar places for the well-versed landscape photographer, but she prides herself on her keen eye toward the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of the natural world. Growing up among the beautiful mountains of Northern California, she considers herself a student of life, learning about people, nature, music, and photography along the way. But always, her life-long passion for the wilderness shines through it all. Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has exhibited her work in several solo shows throughout California. Her darkroom, long gone now, has been replaced with digital darkroom tools, and her style has evolved from a somewhat journalistic approach, to one that pays tribute to the natural world.
Rebecca Lynn Latson
Such beautiful images. I LOVE that first image, especially. How do you like your Canon mirrorless? What are your thoughts on it?
Charlotte Hamilton Gibb
Thanks so much, Rebecca! I’m very happy with my Canon EOS R mirrorless. I only recently purchased it as a back up camera in October, but it has fast become my go-to camera. It is much lighter than my 5DSR, and the touchscreen makes it super easy to focus in live view mode, especially in rainy or snowy conditions where it can be difficult to see what you’re doing. I usually carry both camera bodies with me, and so I didn’t want to add another heavy camera to the bag, so the little EOS R is perfect. With a small adapter, I can use all of my Canon L lenses.