Yosemite's high country is accessible sooner than usual due to our weak snow fall winter. Tioga Pass Road Highway 120 opened the first weekend in May, when usually it does not open until the end of May. The California Transportation Department does not snow plow the road.
In this view from a Tioga Pass Road vista point, the majestic Yosemite mountains regal, and Tenaya Lake is still frozen even in early June, 2010 due to a heavy snow season.
To escape the Yosemite Valley crowds, try the Tioga Pass Road. There is only camping and a rustic lodge at Tuolumne Meadows. At the east end just outside the National Park boundary is the tiny town of Lee Vining which has hotels and restaurants, and a good spot to visit the nearby Mono Lake.
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Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-05-08 10:11
This looks amazing in black and white, and transports me back to the olden day western films. A great range of tones inside the scene, especially with the clouds topping the whole scene like a crown. Nicely done.
eldancer1 (24783) 2014-05-08 10:19
Awesome panoramic view of the world famous park especially in B&W, another regretful moment is when I was a photography student in the early 70s I could have purchase an Ansel Adams for good affordable price. I like the effect of the snow and clouds on the mood. Good details. Well done, tfs.
emka (72344) 2014-05-08 13:34
Hello Raz, you made the photo in Anselm Adams style, there is his photo from this place. Excellent black and white picture. I know this way through Tioga Pass. One can go to Mono Lake and fascinating Bodie.
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PiotrF (3954) 2014-05-08 15:44
Nice mountain view. Superb black and white picture.interesting and unique place, very well composed and captured this beautiful image.
Kamilutka (8085) 2014-05-09 4:20
I had to check the date you took this picture as it looks very old fashioned in this monochrome format. Very well achieved effect which also focuses on the contrasting shades in the mountains and valley. I like the sky with clouds which add so much interest to the image as well as the trees at the bottom which help to frame the view naturally.
Well given contrast and sharpness, excellent framing.
Thanks for sharing
kabel (1545) 2014-05-12 20:33
Hi Ray, this photo is definitely in the spirit of Ansel Adams. Excellent b and w and I am trying to figure out where you are standing while taking the photo. I am thinking it is the mile lakeside trail. Yes?
Very nice image and a great addition to your gallery,