Sunday night the dark clouds rolled in and made for some dramatic skies.
Monday morning I opened the drapes and voila… SNOW. Well, not exactly.
Walking over to breakfast it was a tad slippery!
But it was great to see white stuff on the mountains.
And eventually snow began to fall. This is what I’d been waiting for.
I was actually glad Mother Nature had waited until the last day to present us with snow. I don’t think I would have enjoyed hiking in the snow. I’ve hiked in the snow many times in the past (although not at Yosemite) and now I’m more concerned about slipping and falling.
But it was certainly wonderful to see it dusting the trees and mountains.
I loved the contrast of the greens and browns of the trees against the whites and blues.
Seeing the Yosemite Falls with snow and ice was pretty spectacular.
Yes, we are still in California! This Chevy provided the perfect contrast of colors.
So at last my vision of snow in Yosemite was realized… dreams do come true! Yosemite is splendid under any circumstances. But with snow it is extra special.
I do hope to visit Yosemite again at some point in the future. But now I don’t have to be disappointed if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
On Sunday S and I decided to walk the two miles from Yosemite Valley Lodge over to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel).
Although we enjoyed the group hike the day before, we were equally happy to have time on our own, going at our own speed and stopping to take photos.
A lot of the trees looked pretty brown and dried up. I wasn’t sure if that was the drought or the time of year.
A rather ominous sign. Does that mean the rest of the park is full of guns?
Like Mona Lisa’s eyes, Yosemite Falls followed us along our route.
Two of the light fixtures in the bar, one with bears, the other with pine trees.
After lunch we had a wait for the docent tour so I hunkered down for a nap in a very comfy chair in the Writing Room next to a window with a lovely view.
View of the hotel built right up against the mountain.
Although our accommodations at the lodge were very comfortable I wouldn’t mind staying at the Majestic (Ahwahnee) on my next visit! This last photo shows what the original decoration of the walls and ceilings looked like. You can see the areas that have been uncovered under the yellow and brown paint. At one point it was thought to be too busy so it was painted over.
Saturday was our first full day at Yosemite National Park. One of our leaders was on crutches and announced she was leading a saunter so S and I decided that was our kind of hike! I walked outside our room in the morning to get the photo above. It was COLD out there!
This was the view from our patio. Somebody said this was Cathedral Rocks so I’m going with that!
We set out on our “saunter” along the Merced River. There was no snow but it was CHILLY! My gloved hands were totally numb and I had difficulty clicking the shutter on my camera.
The top of the Yosemite Falls. One of the magnificent features of the park is all the waterfalls.
I honestly didn’t think I had any good photos from this trip. But when I got home and looked at them in Lightroom I realized I had a few. I think there might even be two or three that I can work on to upload to Fine Art America.
The light coming through the trees was magical and mystical.
In the afternoon we visited the Ansel Adams Gallery. What could be finer than viewing masterful photographs by the man himself in the location he shot them in? Ah, life doesn’t get much better!
I came back to our room and sat outside in the patio with a little vodka cocktail (well, maybe not so little…). You can see our chairs and table and the beautiful view through our picture window. My friend said when she got back to LA her body had returned but her soul was still in Yosemite. Agreed!
So you’ve seen day one and day two. Two more days coming up!