Cook's Meadow is a particular Yosemite Valley treat, offering views of Half Dome or Yosemite Falls with this majestic elm in the foreground. The tree is best in fall, when its vivid gold leaves add even more drama to an already breathtaking scene. Unfortunately, this beautiful color comes when Yosemite Falls is bone dry, robbing tourists and photographers of an opportunity to see both--it's almost always one or the other. But last week an early storm descended on the park, depositing over five inches of rain in 24 hours. Literally overnight all of Yosemite's waterways transformed from their usual fall lethargy into full spring flood mode.
On the eighth and final day of my most recent trip I was guiding a group in a one day private workshop. I like to get people to Cook's Meadow an hour or so after sunrise, just as the first rays of sunlight reach the valley floor. But on this morning another storm threatened and I wasn't sure I'd get any light at all. When I arrived the sky was mostly a heavy gray, but occasional breaks in the thickening clouds delivered occasional fast moving shafts of light to random parts of the valley. Hopeful for light on the tree, I metered an ephemeral patch of light on a slab of granite and waited. Minutes later I held my breath as a beam of light streaked across the valley floor, for just a few seconds illuminating the elm and surrounding grass. I had time for one frame before the hole closed and the light disappeared.
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