Spring Snowstorm in Yosemite

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Trees in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Trees in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

I went to Yosemite this past weekend with my friend, John, in hopes of photographing Yosemite Valley in fresh snow. A 100% chance of rain was predicted for most of the day on Saturday with snow forecasted over the evening and morning hours. It didn’t quite work out that way as it didn’t rain at all during the daytime on Saturday so it left us with dreary conditions, bare trees and no color at all in Yosemite Valley.

At night however, heavy downpour started complete with thunder and lightning. Maybe there was a chance after all!

Pair of Young Trees in Cook's Meadow After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Pair of Young Trees in Cook’s Meadow After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

We got up way before dawn in search of snow and an ideal scene to pair it with. The fog was low and thick. There wouldn’t be much of a sunrise but plenty of atmospheric conditions to work with. It was a photographer’s dream! We were surprised to find no other photographers out and about initially so we had our pick of spots to work from. Funny thing is that a bunch of photographers started showing up as we were packing up. The way I see it is if you are going to be out photographing in the morning with a serious camera and tripod then you might as well go the extra mile and get up before dawn otherwise you’re going to miss out on the best conditions.

Elm Tree in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Elm Tree in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Black Oak After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Black Oak After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Black Oak Trees in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Black Oak Trees in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Elm Tree and Half Dome in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

Elm Tree and Half Dome in Fog After Spring Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California

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    • Thanks Kim! I would definitely recommend visiting Yosemite during winter in a non-drought year. There is something special about seeing the valley in fresh snow, almost as if you were the first person to see it.

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