Photographer's Note

Here's the classic Gates of the Valley view in Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

For good reason this view has been an inspiration to many generations of photographers and painters alike. In fact, I have an oil painting of this view (by an unknown artist bought at a yard sale) but did not have it in my portfolio until a New Year's trip at the end of 2006. The view is framed by El Capitan on the left, Cathedral Rocks on the right, and the Merced River in the foreground.

Winter is an interesting time to visit Yosemite but don't necessarily expect solitude. A major holiday like New Year's Eve can bring tremendous crowds to the park. And if you plan to stay over for New Year's, you'd better plan in advance or you'll be staying in a heated tent like my wife and I did. For someone like me who likes to sleep outside whenever I can in the wilderness, this was somewhat luxurious. Our visit coincided with a major cold spell in California that actually damaged many citrus crops around the state. And here at Yosemite Valley the temperatures were well below freezing. But the heated tent was very, very warm. A very good experience all in all.

About the photo: One thing that never ceases to amaze me about photography is the power of cropping. There were numerous people here with me enjoying and shooting this view, but with a little selective framing you create the illusion of having the park to yourself.


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