Yosemite Valley – Snow Transitions

Yosemite Valley Fog & Rain

One aspect of Yosemite National Park that makes it so magical is that Yosemite Valley sits at an altitude that requires just the right conditions for snow. While you can often visit the park in the winter months and see snow atop the cliffs encircling the valley, it’s not as common as you’d think for snow to last for long periods on the valley floor… well at least as of late with drought conditions. During my last visit for example it was cold enough for snow in the evening, but come morning it quickly warmed until the several inches of snow that fell had all melted.  This quick melt creates some stellar photographic opportunities with rising steam, fog, swollen streams & rivers, etc. Below are some favorite photos of mine from my recent trip highlighting the fleeting beauty of these conditions.

Yosemite Fog and Rain

A photo posted by Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) on Mar 13, 2016 at 8:51am PDT

Ice Forest

A photo posted by Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) on Mar 12, 2016 at 9:03pm PST

Merced River Morning

A photo posted by Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) on Mar 12, 2016 at 11:33am PST

Ice Forest II

A photo posted by Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) on Mar 14, 2016 at 9:10pm PDT

Sights & Sounds: A Yosemite Winter Landscape

A video posted by Jim Goldstein (@jimgoldstein) on Mar 15, 2016 at 9:16pm PDT

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