Tag: Yosemite

February 5

Lack of Crowds

With an astounding 4 million visitors a year, Yosemite is the 4th most visited national park out of 58 in the park system. However, only approximately 10% of park visitors enter the park in the winter months between December and February. According to the National Park Service, 75% of Yosemite visitors arrive during the busiest six months between May and October.

Read the Post 8 Reasons to Visit Yosemite National Park in the Winter!

December 31
Milky Way and Night Clouds Over Mount Lassen, Manzanita Lake

As I look back on 2016, as cliche as I know it sounds, it was a whirlwind, busy year. I had photography trips planned out a year in advance, and many miles were spent on the road during my downtime from a full time job. After a loss in my family at the end of 2015, I did not take much time to stop and reflect, electing instead to keep pushing and keep my mind, feet, and camera occupied.

Read the Post My 16 favorite images from 2016 …and looking back on a year of paring down.

February 3
January 1
Keyhole Arch In Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, the sun sets directly in the middle of this natural arch at sunset, only around the winter solstice.

As I reflect on this past year, I’m amazed how much 2015 was a year of learning, growth, and so many firsts for me. I finally began making photographs as opposed to taking them. By this, I mean I diligently began researching locations, learning new techniques, and visualizing the imagery I wanted to capture for the year ahead. I also decided that photography is meaningless unless you share your knowledge and wonder with others; the photographers I respect most are the ones who are always willing to teach others and share what they know. Read the Post A Year of Learning: My Favorites of 2015

May 22

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Read the Post Stars, Moonbows & Planets!

March 27

One of my Instagram followers had seen my posts from a recent day trip to Yosemite, and asked me for advice on places to photograph the park in a single day. I’m fortunate to live in Sacramento, which is very close to many picturesque locations in Northern California within a day trip, including iconic Yosemite National Park. Read the Post Yosemite in a Day

March 22

One of the most rewarding aspects of visiting Yosemite National Park in the winter, besides the lack of summer crowds, is the interesting alignment of the moon a few days before it is full against the iconic valley peaks such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Sentinel Rock. In the winter, you can get as close to peacefulness and solitude in the valley as is possible, while witnessing a lunar spectacle only possible in the winter. Read the Post Yosemite in the Winter