We left the very dark East Bay at 4:30, hoping to get in the valley early enough to take advantage of any morning light we could find. We were not disappointed! Saturday was a beautiful day. To top it off, Friday saw some pretty heavy snow fall so we were able to view a true Winter Wonderland. We enjoyed light on El Capitan and Yosemite Falls and enough blue skies and sun to really brighten our day.
The evening was fast approaching and we headed out to the El Capitan picnic area to join the dozen or so other photographers patiently waiting (and praying) for clouds to stay away. I was able to meet up with Chuck Cagara, the photographer who took the magical Firefall photo I posted last week. It really was a pleasure talking with him and getting his take on the Firefall and Yosemite. Okay, back to the Firefall. When we arrived at the picnic area, there was a lot of light on Horsetail Fall. However, there was not a lot of water coming down the fall, but it was enough to reflect the sunlight shining on it. Now we just needed to wait for the red glow to appear as the sun set. A couple of times the clouds passed in front of the sun and the fall went dark (Boo!). The sun came back (Yeah!). However, about 20 minutes before sunset, the approaching storm decided to make its advance known and we never saw any other light on the Fall. I did get a nice photo of Horsetail Fall in full light.
We still had two other opportunities for catching the Firefall, unfortunately, the storms coming in were too much. All is not lost though. I had a great time with my friends and filling up the 16GB SD card in my camera (a quick selection of photos below).
I am not done though. I am headed back to the Yosemite later this week. Check back for Firefall at Horsetail Fall - Second Attempt.