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Andrys Basten | profile | all galleries >> YOSEMITE Visits - Fall 2011, Winter 2011 and Spring 2012 >> Yosemite - Winter toward Spring, MARCH 2012, a photo log of visit tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Yosemite - Winter toward Spring, MARCH 2012, a photo log of visit

The photos, for photo pals, are mostly 1024 pixels wide if you choose 'Original' size below the first photo.

These are from a great, little 3-day adventure that my cousin Ely and I shared with a group bound for Yosemite via Amtrak and a large connecting bus, and it was an amazingly comfortable, relaxing, and even fun ride up and back.  In fact, on the 3.5 hr train ride back, it seemed like 45 minutes to me although we didn't get back until almost midnight.

We had quite varied weather.  On the day we were going there, the forecast had been for 3 days of rain.  By contrast, for Oct. 29-30, 2011 workshop, the weather was beautiful.

  • As it turned out, Day 1 was overcast, with little contrast possible in most photos.  We had constant showers the first two days.  Our terrific Valley Floor Tour guide, Herb, was full of interesting info presented well in conversational style, and, as a professional photographer, he also took good "I was here!" photos of us :-).  I'll later do a separate page for some interesting travel images from Day 1.

  • On the 2nd day, we had better light and much better contrast.
    But the showers turned into a more assertive rain on the 2nd day, leaving my memory card with an "ERROR!" (and my jacket soaking wet) at the end of the day after we'd wandered down to Lower Yosemite Falls, as I kept taking photos (and video) while the lens was collecting rain drops!  The rain made for more saturated colors though.

  • On the 3rd day, the sun came out unexpectedly! from time to time.  After those gray skies earlier, some blue between the clouds was a welcome sight.
All that's left to do are some scenes from Day 1 trip, which will go into a separate set.  (Canon S95 and Canon SX10 IS).   Day 1, Views from Amtrak and along Marced River from bus still due.
My cousin Ely uploaded a PhotoDiary of all 3 days and her photos are gorgeous:  Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.
  (Picasaweb is resizing & compressing their photos, though, and we hope they'll fix that.)

* Also, I'm using GooglePlus as a backup photo site.  If you try it, let me know what you think (pro or con).  Thumbnails there may be all that's needed to view this Yosemite gallery at http://bit.ly/yosemite-ab2 .



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Nearing Yosemite. Day 1, S95. #3387
Nearing Yosemite. Day 1, S95. #3387
Gates of the Valley, left side SX10. #2137
Gates of the Valley, left side SX10. #2137
COLOR scene in higher area. Day 1 (but what is it?)  (Canon SX10) #2142
COLOR scene in higher area. Day 1 (but what is it?) (Canon SX10) #2142
Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View, Day 1, SX10. #2157
Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View, Day 1, SX10. #2157
Where it Falls, seen from Tunnel View,  Day 1, SX10. #2158
Where it Falls, seen from Tunnel View, Day 1, SX10. #2158
Against wall/floor of Bridalveil area , Tunnel View, Day 1.  SX. #2150
Against wall/floor of Bridalveil area , Tunnel View, Day 1. SX. #2150
Last view from Valley-tour bus - Yosemite Falls, Day 1. #3508
Last view from Valley-tour bus - Yosemite Falls, Day 1. #3508
*DAY 2* -  Valley 'tram' tour. Mtns from meadow. S95.  #3539
*DAY 2* - Valley 'tram' tour. Mtns from meadow. S95. #3539
Looked closer at snowy area there, Day 2. S95  #3542
Looked closer at snowy area there, Day 2. S95 #3542
Cathedral Spires and Middle Cathedral Rock, Day 2, S95. #3553
Cathedral Spires and Middle Cathedral Rock, Day 2, S95. #3553
Cathedral Rocks Meadow, Day 2,  w/ cousin's Canon S95
Cathedral Rocks Meadow, Day 2, w/ cousin's Canon S95
El Capitan, from EC meadow, Day 2. S95. #3549
El Capitan, from EC meadow, Day 2. S95. #3549
Merced River, from moving shuttle, Day 2, S95.  #3554
Merced River, from moving shuttle, Day 2, S95. #3554
El Capitan on left, BridalVeil Fall at right, Day 2'Gates of the Valley' or 'Valley View'
El Capitan on left, BridalVeil Fall at right, Day 2
'Gates of the Valley' or 'Valley View'
Closer: Bridalveil, 'Gates of the Valley' Day 2, SX10. #2198
Closer: Bridalveil, 'Gates of the Valley' Day 2, SX10. #2198
Higher area that was seen first day.  Day 2 this time.  (What is it?) S95 #3569h
Higher area that was seen first day. Day 2 this time. (What is it?) S95 #3569h
The higher (unknown)  area w/ more context on Day 2 , S95
The higher (unknown) area w/ more context on Day 2 , S95
Fern Spring. see CloseUp from Oct 2011. #3574
Fern Spring. see CloseUp from Oct 2011. #3574
Tunnel View, Day 2, SX10  #2209
Tunnel View, Day 2, SX10 #2209
Half Dome from Tunnel View, Day 2, S95. #3579
Half Dome from Tunnel View, Day 2, S95. #3579
Tunnel View, Day 2, S95 #3590
Tunnel View, Day 2, S95 #3590
A bit of sun onTunnel View, Day 2, S95. Bridalveil Fall #3592
A bit of sun onTunnel View, Day 2, S95. Bridalveil Fall #3592
Tunnel View - Day 2, using my Canon S95
Tunnel View - Day 2, using my Canon S95
Tunnel View - Day 2, using cousin Ely's Canon S95
Tunnel View - Day 2, using cousin Ely's Canon S95
Guide and photographer, Herb, Tunnel View, Day 2. S95. #3589cr
Guide and photographer, Herb, Tunnel View, Day 2. S95. #3589cr
Tunnel View, from bus. Day 2, S95 #3593
Tunnel View, from bus. Day 2, S95 #3593
Three Brothers  (or, 2.7 of them), Day 2. #3600
Three Brothers (or, 2.7 of them), Day 2. #3600
Watch Alex Honnold climb this without  rope/tools.  #2256
Watch Alex Honnold climb this without rope/tools. #2256
Royal Arches under North Dome, Day 2, SX10 #2258
Royal Arches under North Dome, Day 2, SX10 #2258
Ahwahnee Hotel sitting room, Day 2. #3625
Ahwahnee Hotel sitting room, Day 2. #3625
Entrance to Ahwahnee Hotel dining room. #3627
Entrance to Ahwahnee Hotel dining room. #3627
Ahwahnee Lunch salad. #3670
Ahwahnee Lunch salad. #3670
Looked like China to me. Day 2, S95, #3680
Looked like China to me. Day 2, S95, #3680
Cloud partially hides Upper Yosemite Falls. Day 2, S95, #3681
Cloud partially hides Upper Yosemite Falls. Day 2, S95, #3681
At the entrance to the path to Lower Yosemite Falls, Day 2  #3683,
At the entrance to the path to Lower Yosemite Falls, Day 2 #3683,
This shows duo or triple mountains, Day 2. #3684.
This shows duo or triple mountains, Day 2. #3684.
To Lower Falls. Liked what the rain was doing to the wood
To Lower Falls. Liked what the rain was doing to the wood
On path to Lower Falls, Day 2, SX10. #2267
On path to Lower Falls, Day 2, SX10. #2267
Path to Lower Falls in rain-soaked color. Day 2, SX. #2277
Path to Lower Falls in rain-soaked color. Day 2, SX. #2277
Strange structure towardLower Falls, Day 2/ SX. #2279
Strange structure towardLower Falls, Day 2/ SX. #2279
To Lower Falls, Day 2. SX. #2280
To Lower Falls, Day 2. SX. #2280
Tree on its own piece of land, Day 2. SX #2281
Tree on its own piece of land, Day 2. SX #2281
Tree on rock home, Lower Falls. Day 2. SX #2282
Tree on rock home, Lower Falls. Day 2. SX #2282
Lower Yosemite Falls View from path to it, in rain.  Day 2. S95. #3690.
Lower Yosemite Falls View from path to it, in rain. Day 2. S95. #3690.
Lower Yosemite Falls, March. SX.. #2296
Lower Yosemite Falls, March. SX.. #2296
Videoclips - 2 short ones Lower Yosemite Falls (new pbase feature)
Videoclips - 2 short ones Lower Yosemite Falls (new pbase feature)
Immediate flow  from Lower Falls, March.  SX.  #2291
Immediate flow from Lower Falls, March. SX. #2291
Then it flows away...Day 2. SX. #2290
Then it flows away...Day 2. SX. #2290
Mountain Lodge window scene, Day 2 dinner. #3695.
Mountain Lodge window scene, Day 2 dinner. #3695.
*DAY 3*.  Half Dome from Lodge room  (w/ SX10 zoom)
*DAY 3*. Half Dome from Lodge room (w/ SX10 zoom)
The Lodge area and surroundings, Morn', Day 3. #3701
The Lodge area and surroundings, Morn', Day 3. #3701
Sun !  Shadows! On way to  valley shuttle.  Finally, some blue sky. Day 3. #3702
Sun ! Shadows! On way to valley shuttle. Finally, some blue sky. Day 3. #3702
First view of Yosemite waterfalls  without overcast skies.  #3700
First view of Yosemite waterfalls without overcast skies. #3700
Day 3: Waiting on the shuttle bus, taken from bus window w/zoom. #3709
Day 3: Waiting on the shuttle bus, taken from bus window w/zoom. #3709
A straighter one w/ no top portion, Day 3, S95. #3708
A straighter one w/ no top portion, Day 3, S95. #3708
Upper Falls from Lodge, S95 #3700.  Click for larger version
Upper Falls from Lodge, S95 #3700. Click for larger version
Later at Cook's Meadow, Cloud over Falls, Day 3, #2309p
Later at Cook's Meadow, Cloud over Falls, Day 3, #2309p
At Cook's Meadow, Clouds over Yosemite Falls,  Day 3, SX10  #2309
At Cook's Meadow, Clouds over Yosemite Falls, Day 3, SX10 #2309
Changing skies, Yosemite Falls from Cook's Meadow, Day 3 - S95  #3739
Changing skies, Yosemite Falls from Cook's Meadow, Day 3 - S95 #3739
Closer - Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, from Cook's Meadow, S95. #3733
Closer - Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, from Cook's Meadow, S95. #3733
Closer up w/   SX10 zoom.  #2337
Closer up w/ SX10 zoom. #2337
Meadow growth, dreaming about some of that distant water... SX10 #2336
Meadow growth, dreaming about some of that distant water... SX10 #2336
Yosemite Falls area closer in,  w/ SX10. #2310
Yosemite Falls area closer in, w/ SX10. #2310
Yosemite Falls up even closer, SX10. #2363
Yosemite Falls up even closer, SX10. #2363
Area above LOWER Yosemite Falls.#3757cr
Area above LOWER Yosemite Falls.#3757cr
Other end of Cook's Meadow. #3764, Day 3. Ely providing Kodak color
Other end of Cook's Meadow. #3764, Day 3. Ely providing Kodak color
Discombobulated at Cook's Meadow, Day 3. S95  #3788
Discombobulated at Cook's Meadow, Day 3. S95 #3788
Finally saw Half Dome when at other end of Cook's Meadow, Day 3, S95 #3793
Finally saw Half Dome when at other end of Cook's Meadow, Day 3, S95 #3793
Snowy section of Half Dome (Winter 2012) at left middle section. #2342
Snowy section of Half Dome (Winter 2012) at left middle section. #2342
North Dome with Royal Arches. Faces Half Dome. #2354
North Dome with Royal Arches. Faces Half Dome. #2354
Half Dome from Cook's Meadow, Day 3,  S95 #3799
Half Dome from Cook's Meadow, Day 3, S95 #3799
Half dome from Cook's Meadow, Day 3, S95 #3801
Half dome from Cook's Meadow, Day 3, S95 #3801
Closer up. #3779
Closer up. #3779
Half Dome ledge & start of  straight-up section, Winter 2012. #2345
Half Dome ledge & start of straight-up section, Winter 2012. #2345
Infoboard nearby. #3804
Infoboard nearby. #3804
WEBCAM - Ahwahnee Meadow 3 days later.
WEBCAM - Ahwahnee Meadow 3 days later.
Silhouetted Sentinel Rock seen from Cook's Meadow, Day 3. SX10#2357
Silhouetted Sentinel Rock seen from Cook's Meadow, Day 3. SX10#2357
Tibet [kidding] Messy image from Cook's Mdw, SX10 #2359
Tibet [kidding] Messy image from Cook's Mdw, SX10 #2359
White (dead?) tree  #3758
White (dead?) tree #3758
Sentinel Rock area. Cook's Meadow. #3762
Sentinel Rock area. Cook's Meadow. #3762
Tree trunks and hints of green as of March 15. Cook's meadow. #3797
Tree trunks and hints of green as of March 15. Cook's meadow. #3797
Inside a Yosemite Free Shuttle stop. #3808
Inside a Yosemite Free Shuttle stop. #3808
Roof of shuttle bus stop. #3809
Roof of shuttle bus stop. #3809
At entrance to Lower Falls path while waiting for shuttle  #2366
At entrance to Lower Falls path while waiting for shuttle #2366
Same shot, zoomed in.  SX10.  #2366cr
Same shot, zoomed in. SX10. #2366cr
Yosemite Visitors Center, Day 3, S95. 3819
Yosemite Visitors Center, Day 3, S95. 3819
Carol and Ely using our last cafe vouchers before bus & train home, #3822
Carol and Ely using our last cafe vouchers before bus & train home, #3822
Carol and Ely. #3820
Carol and Ely. #3820
UC Berkeley travel group. #3826
UC Berkeley travel group. #3826
Just before heading home #1261-el
Just before heading home #1261-el
Scene from bus to Merced. #3831
Scene from bus to Merced. #3831
Scene from bus. Merced River. #3836crop
Scene from bus. Merced River. #3836crop
Scene from bus to Merced. Carol mulling scenery. 3840
Scene from bus to Merced. Carol mulling scenery. 3840
Poppies seen from moving bus. #3841
Poppies seen from moving bus. #3841
Nearing Merced at dusk. #3847
Nearing Merced at dusk. #3847
Transferring to Amtrak from bus. tho' not that one. #3848.
Transferring to Amtrak from bus. tho' not that one. #3848.
THE PARTY'S OVER, a friend said.  Sad and waiting for Amtrak. #1370
THE PARTY'S OVER, a friend said. Sad and waiting for Amtrak. #1370