In December, when I booked a couple of nights of lodging in Yosemite National Park for the middle of January, I was excited to get some use out of the snowshoes that I brought to Southern California with me. I was also excited to see Yosemite Valley with a beautiful cover of snow, and to take photos of waterfalls that were dry during my last visit to Yosemite. As time got closer to the trip, I started reading reports of how it was the driest winter in decades so far, and there had been all but no snow, and there would be no more snow by the time I went. At first I was bummed out and almost canceled the trip, but then I started hearing about how Tioga Pass, through the “High Country” was open later into the winter than it ever had been. I started to become more positive about it. This meant that places usually inaccessible without LONG treks in the snow were easily accessible, so I got excited, and headed up there. I skated on Tenaya Lake (8000 foot elevation), checked out Tuolumne Meadows (about the same elevation), and had a great day.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade…when life gives you cold, gray skies, look at the finer details in nature.
The excitement I expressed in my post titled “Back Home” continued when it snowed for a few days. With fresh fallen snow, a few pockets of sunshine, and the temperature creeping out of the 20s, I headed out to shoot some of my favorite locations…specifically anything with a view of Mohonk! I was also scouting out new locations, as although I talk a lot about how this area is my home, there’s still plenty for me to learn about it, and I am more fascinated by it now than ever.
As many people noted in my Back Home post, it’s hard to know how beautiful the Hudson Valley if you live here…that is until you leave it for a while. It’s also very dynamic…you can see how different it is at different times of year by looking at my first photo below, and also checking out my photo of the same barn in the summer time.
I was driving home from work tonight and liked the way the branches were covered with snow on the streets of Cambridge, so I stopped and took some photos. I am really working on sometimes focusing on small details so I decided to take a photo of some of the branches, instead of an entire tree. Works good as a computer desktop background!