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11 January 2009 @ 11:26 am
Yosemite in Winter  
I finally got to go to see Yosemite in winter. Armed with tire chains and rigorous watching of youtube videos on how to put on chains, driving in icy conditions and all, I set out to cold, cold Yosemite. The roads were all clean thanks to the tireless efforts of the people who work to plough and salt these mountain roads. I've never seen Yosemite so desolate and so empty. It's a great time to enjoy the beauty in peace and the quiet that the place actually deserves. Hiking around is tricky as well with snow and ice, a slip and fall is just a footstep away all the time. And hiking for miles on in popular trails with nearly no other hikers was a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty that every part of Yosemite seems to be. Here are the landscape pictures I made on this trip to Yosemite.

Clouds cover the big meadow

Dead trees, young trees and old trees stand up in the late evening fog

The Merced still flows...

The Yosemite falls at first light.

Mirror Lake

Clouds move in


The awesome El Capitan

The Merced near Happy Isles

The Merced near Happy Isles

El Capitan stands tall behind the Merced.

The Merced.

Gold Country. There are few things better than watching the golden reflection of the granite walls on the quiet and frigid Merced.

adarshrajuadarshraju on January 11th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Breathtaking! Esp the second pic brought out a big wow.. :)
A pic from the fish eye lens is missin!
Yathinyathin on January 11th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
I didn't even use the fisheye in Yosemite this time! :))
88greenthumb88greenthumb on January 11th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Goodness gracious---Gorgeous, glorious! :D :D :D

Thanks for sharing!
Yathinyathin on January 11th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yosemite is spectacular indeed! :-)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on January 11th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Gods, just magnificent.
Melkendokamel on January 11th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Those are just stunning!
Yathinyathin on January 11th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yosemite is truly spectacular and trust me when I say the pictures cannot substitute the experience of actually being in the valley.
ex_neke on January 11th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. :)
Margaretrivendweller on January 11th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhh, thank you, Yathin! This brings back so many memories.

Your talent overwhelms me.
dr_koolaimzzdakini_bones on January 11th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
I almost got in my car and went after seeing this.
But I have to go pack for Florida for tommorrow.
Next weekend, dang it!
Yathinyathin on January 11th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow.
That's pretty much what I do. Get up and decide to head out somewhere and go! No point in waiting to travel! :-)
Jayseakaredpirk on January 12th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
awesome...every shot!
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on January 12th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
'Dude! Don't brake!'

Awesome pictures. Did you finally get to drive on snow covered roads?
Yathinyathin on January 12th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
yes. yes! Heart-stopping moments when the car goes into free slide - the only time you are glad the road is bumpy! :-)
Digital Meanderingsarin_girl on January 12th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
wow... the second one is just amazing!
thank you for sharing :)
ashbirderashbirder on January 12th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Shtunning, baba :)loved the golden glow...
Yathinyathin on January 12th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
shtunning indeed! :-))
yellareddyyellareddy on January 12th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
neat Job.
Dude u need to buy one house close to Yosemite....
Yathinyathin on January 12th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: neat Job.
And then I'll bore everyone on the internet with daily pictures from Yosemite and the Park Service will ban me from entering Yosemite! :-)
depontideponti on January 12th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: neat Job.
No,just the opposite, because more people will visit Yosemite because of you. (And some of us will know of a place to stay as well. :D)

Well, I am certainly glad that it was a photographer of your calibre who likes to visit Y and not some just-words-and-no-images person!

The pristine quality of winter gets an added aura from the crystalline quality of the light. The cold...just sings from your photographs...as does the icy beauty of the place.
Arunbirdonthewire on January 12th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Sigh...Lost for words...
sandy_tr on January 12th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Beautiful beyond words....

Vineethfus on January 12th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
adams, eh ?
keep at it :-)
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on January 12th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome! That was some adevture trip your did to Yosemite during winter. Beautiful!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on January 13th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
We can always trust you to come up with some beautiful photos.