Photography

Winter in Yosemite - Snow, Firefall & the Supermoon - Winter 2019

The long weekend in February 2019 was a gift to anyone who had the chance to go to Yosemite. Not only was February 18th, 2019 a perfectly clear day after 2 days of beautiful snow, but that day was also the day of the Firefall as well as a Supermoon. Photos were taken with a Canon 7D Mark II and a Google Pixel 3.

Attempted Hike to Half Dome

While we didn’t make it all the way due to falling ice from the cliffs above, the various Falls and the bridge were spectacular.

Yosemite Valley

Despite most of the trails being closed due to snow, the Valley road itself stayed open.

Firefall

Occurring only when Horsetail fall is flowing in February, it was a spectacle, with hundreds of people showing up to see it and take pictures.

Supermoon & Night in the Valley

Got some great shots of El Capitan and the Supermoon early in the evening.

Yosemite - Cloud's Rest Hike

At Haas, there are several trips organized each year for students and one of those trips is a caravan to Yosemite with 300 Haas students and partners in the same campground. It was a ton of fun and my group decided to hike up Cloud’s Rest.

  • It’s ~14.8 mile round trip despite what the AllTrails profile says here with ~3,000 feet of elevation gain.

  • While a long hike, the switchbacks aren’t too bad (much easier than Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point or Half Dome) and most of the trail is dust/dirt versus the granite/rock you’ll find in the rest of the park.

  • Overall a fantastic hike with amazing views of Half Dome and the Valley beyond.

  • Try to go on a clearer day and bring layers, as the wind at the top can be fierce!