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As we drove in to the valley on hwy 120/hwy 140 between the valley and El Portal, the river was slow and the water still making for some pretty reflections
We turned back up Hwy 41 a couple of miles so that Bob and Betty could get their first view of the valley from one of the most spectacular vistas.
One of my favorites spots and favorite trees
This beautiful Dogwood tree was in our campsite. What you can't see is the SNOW falling. We were watching the clouds by Half Dome, next thing we knew, it was snowing on us.
We passed this buck several times. He had been enjoying the apples in the apple grove in Curry Village
The buck and the Meadow
More of the buck in the Meadow
Valley view is another favorite spot for the view of the valley from the river
More of Valley View
A leaf on the stone wall
I had to run up to the post office in Valley Village. The clouds were lifting, the moon rising and almost sunset and I was the only one in our group there with a camera
More of the Moon and Half Dome
The end of the sunset and the moon hiden in the clouds
Sunrise on El Capitan
We had passed fern spring on the way in to the park, I knew we had to go back. It was a good thing we did this morning as they had the pull out closed for road work the next couple of days
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Every visit to the valley I see photographers lined up on all the bridges for sunset, I think the ones that line up on this bridge are decoys...
Half Dome Sunset
Playing with long exposures for car light trails
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More playing with long exposures for the car light trails.
We could have stayed longer, but we did not bring a flashlight and had told the guys it was their turn to make dinner and we would be back in 30mins...oops more than 30 minutes later
Because of the cold and the number of campers, the camp fire smoke make for some nice light rays.
The trees reflected in the wind rippled water
Waiting for the moon rise at Tunnel View