For the last few years California has been in a drought. The winters have had rain but the temperatures have been warmer than normal and instead of getting much needed snow, we've had rain. Rain that washes away and doesn't seep into the ground, stock our reservoirs or help relieve our water shortage. That's been the worst part about the last few years. This year, however, has been much colder, and although December saw about average rainfall, it was all cold, and that meant we got much needed snow!
When Willie, Zack, and I saw a cold storm was going to hit Yosemite and deliver snow in the Valley (something we haven't had in a while), we jumped at the chance to photograph it. We had hoped for snowy tree scenes, an epic sunrise or sunset, and maybe a few other scenes. But we also knew that this would be a good chance to find some abstract, and more intimate photos.
We had gotten up early and made our way to the Three Brothers to see if sunrise would leave a beautiful glow on the 3 peaks, with a beautiful reflection in the Merced River. A cloudless sky meant we were a bit disappointed. However, while we waited for sunrise I kept looking down and watching a small patch of water continuously freeze more and more. What started out as a small patch of ice, quickly grew. Beautiful shapes formed. Lines, curves, contours, texture... and it kept growing, more and more every few minutes. Finally, just before we were ready to give up on sunrise, we decided it was time for a photo. I Loved the way the lines and shapes of this patch of ice look like the contour lines of a topographic map.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-700mm f/2.8:
70mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 640
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