When it just snowed.
If it weren't freezing and super slippery, this would be a nice bit of road to drive in a sports car.
A mix of green and amber in the dead of winter.
Winter is no problem.
The faded still clinging on.
Bringing a read-wheel drive sports car to Yosemite in the middle winter. What can possibly go wrong.
Like a winter rally stage.
The first look at Yosemite Valley as you drive in towards it.
On the Way to Your Home
On the road heading down to the valley.
The famous Yosemite Tunnel. On the other side is a vista point for the signature "tunnel view" of the valley.
These snow-covered cliffs are astonishingly beautiful.
What John Muir fell in love with.
The snowy cliffs hiding the early morning sun.
Bridalveil Falls, the first of many waterfalls to greet Yosemite visitors. This is the view of the falls from the dedicated parking lot.
A 12mm lens is so handy for shots like this.
Winter has come.
The imposing and defining El Capitan rock face.
One never ceases to be in awe of how enormous the El Capitan rock face is.
The winter colors in Yosemite are a treat for the eyes. The just-snowed air is also some of the freshest I've ever breathed.
The ring road circling around Yosemite Valley looks perfect for a winter rally stage.
Not quite cold enough to be frozen.
Down by the valley river looking at the famous Yosemite Falls.
It was just me and my thoughts.
Nature here does a fantastic job framing the mountain cliffs in the background.
Smooth as glass.
Notice the two people in the foreground and compare their size with the enormity of the trees and the mountain cliffs. Nature is grand.
I wonder how all this looks come spring time.
Yosemite Falls in the background feeds into this river that runs through the valley, named Merced River.
One of Merced River's many tributaries.
Rapid water as it exits Yosemite Falls and flows downward towards Merced River in the valley.
Lower Yosemite Falls, probably the most visited waterfall in the entire park. A simple one-mile hike from the valley ring road will get you here. The flow is slightly muted during the winter but when the snow melts come spring time the volume of water can be fierce.
A look at the famous Half Dome rock-formation from the valley floor.
A cross-section of what winter in Yosemite has to offer.
Yosemite National Park
Photos from Yosemite National Park, John Muir's effervescent legacy.