David and I drove to Yosemite so he could take a specific photograph, of a specific rock, at 6:30 pm, I don’t ask questions. We left the house early afternoon to have plenty of time to revisit the Yosemite Renaissance XXVII Exhibit. (David has a photograph in the exhibit) The reception, a couple months ago, had been too crowded to fully enjoy the exhibit and it’ll be traveling on to a new location soon.
The redbud are past their blooming peak and the poppy bloom has migrated up the mountain sides towards their crests. The canyon is still a beautiful drive with the orange patches, greens of grasses, various oaks and shrubs leafing out, lupine and the lingering redbud. The river is swollen with the melt of last weeks heat wave.
While driving the canyon we noticed large clouds over Yosemite. The clouds were wonderful all afternoon so I photographed the iconic places – with clouds. The heat wave has revived the valley’s waterfalls. The bears are definitely active, we saw a large one off South Drive.
Saturday when we were in the park for Jeff Grandy’s reception at the Ansel Adams Gallery, we didn’t notice the dogwood flowering. Monday, two days later, they were noticeably beginning to bloom. Stop by the gallery and see Jeff’s beautiful photographs from his ‘Unfiltered’ series. Michael Frye wrote about Jeff’s exhibit here.
David photographed his specific rock then we went up to Tunnel View to wait for the sunset. We were hoping for color but the clouds in the west blocked the sun too much. It was still a beautiful sunset.
The clouds over the tunnel were dark and threatening. The air was perfumed with a very heavy odor of rain.
For a brief moment the cloud above lit up with color giving an added little bonus to the evening.
The Grand color over Half Dome. This was it, two little clouds turned pink. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day for the two of us.