Yosemite is always a special place to hike, camp and take photographs. We visited the iconic Tunnel View, but decided to hike up the Pohono Trail to Crocker Point behind for a different viewpoint. It was really hard going as the snow got deeper and deeper the higher we climbed. As we finally reached the overlook the sun came out and looking down the valley at El Capitan and Half Dome all the effort seemed worth it.
There’s a thin little waterfall that spills over the side of El Capitan called Horsetail Falls. For a few days every February, if the sky is clear and the water is flowing, the sun is at a perfect angle to backlight the water. This makes it glow like lava during sunset and create the effect of a firefall. To be honest we knew we were probably about a week too early but we set up alongside loads of other photographers as the granite wall began to glow red. The full effect never really materialized, but it still looked incredible. Hopefully we’ll be back again to see it another year.
In the tent I read a bit of John Muir’s book The Mountains of California. As he described the way this valley was carved by the glaciers he wrote, “And in the development of these Nature chose for a tool not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the storm torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries, the offspring of the sun and the sea.” It was so eloquently put and a pleasure to read just before sleeping there.