Ahhhhh, the great Yosemite bomb cyclone of 2021. They always say that some of the best photographic conditions occur in the hours right after a storm. And after witnessing the tail end of the bomb cyclone ripping through Yosemite National Park, I can confirm this to be 100% true!
We (“we” as in our Backcountry Journeys crew) left our hotel in Fresno early in the morning, and yep, it reminded me of being back home on a typical October day. Non-stop rain and wind! As we started gaining elevation as we drove into the park, the rain turned to sleet. Then full on snow. This actually REALLY excited us. Why? Because we were going to get snow AND fall colors, but we were expecting all the waterfalls, which are normally no more than a trickle this time of year, to be ROARING. (And we were 100% right!)
After checking into Yosemite Lodge and organizing our gear, we were itching to go shoot. But WHAT?! We couldn’t see literally any of the monuments in Yosemite Valley – no Half Dome, no El Capitan, no Yosemite Falls, no nothing. But clearly the Merced River was running WAY higher than usual, and there was still a torrential downpour – so I guess we’re going to go photograph the weather!
But first, I had to grab a few shots of the leaves outside of our lodge. You don’t see this every day!
Our first stop was at a meadow. Definitely not a lot of fall colors to see because of the weather, but still a wickedly cool scene. The fog, the snow, some of the mountains emerging through the elements. Hell, the snow looks like it carved the mountain into the face of a grumpy old man, wouldn’t you agree? Definitely something hauntingly beautiful about this scene.
The Yosemite bomb cyclone had a little more rain to bestow upon us, but the worst of it was over. I was excited to see what Yosemite Valley was going to look like once the clouds all lifted!
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