After being shut out the night before with boring gray skies, I almost missed this sunrise. After listening to it rain all night, I barely recognized the change from rain to snow. I was shocked to see we’d received 4″ of fresh powder overnight. Fortunately I resisted the urge to stay in my warm sleeping bag! I bombed 3/4 of a mile up to this lookout in fresh powder to the spot I had scouted the night before. I was rewarded with this magnificent sunrise as a ray of light shot across the valley. The entire show lasted mere minutes before clouds floated over Half Dome and settled into the valley completely obscuring the light.
I had a really busy April, travelling all over the West Coast I saw some amazing locations and got a lot of good scouting in for future trips. The weather was great for backpacking even if it wasn’t as dynamic as I normally like for photos.
Some of the breathtaking locations I visited:
Big Sur, CA – Waterfalls, beaches, and poison oak…2 out of 3 isn’t bad…
Yosemite, CA – Awesome snow while I was there…
Olympic Peninsula, WA – Remote beaches
Crater Lake, OR – First time snow shoeing and snow camping! I’ll be doing a lot more of that in the future!
Columbia River Gorge, OR – More waterfalls
An amazing sunrise from this past fall at Arches National Park. I hiked up to Delicate Arch in the middle of the night to shoot stars and the Milky Way. Unfortunately/fortunately there was a front moving in and the sky was blocked up with clouds. So I waited for a few hours for first light and was treated to an amazing light show.