A Yosemite Year – A Photographer’s Almanac April 2014

Michael Wise, Staff Photographer

I’ve heard some say this winter season has been a disappointment. Photography-wise. Where are the dramatic snowy valley scenes, the snow “cones” and frazil ice, the water in horsetail falls?

It may be a good thing that Yosemite still feels new to me even after three years. I still don’t know what to expect. The year I arrived the water levels were record high. The following two have been some of the driest. I have no idea of what to think of as ‘normal.’

It’s true that snowy vistas are awe inspiring and create a wonderful sense of purity and silence. An experience I will welcome again. But without the obvious targets, the more subtle subjects are revealed.

Reveal - Yosemite National Park

Reveal, Yosemite National Park, 2014 © by Michael Wise – All Rights Reserved


My image “Reveal – Yosemite National Park” documents one such surprise. It shows Vernal Falls at low flow. I was intrigued by the interaction of the water and the eerie rock formations behind. The powerful roar of water and the heavy mist on my face were not present. Instead, these other fundamental elements were.

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