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Yosemite in Spring 2012 - Clearing Storm in late MAY - Shades of Winter

These are images from clearing storms after unusual, sudden snow and hail, Friday, May 25, as seen at Tunnel View in Yosemite.  With the snow on Cathedral Rocks, it was like Winter and even more so just a bit higher up where the trees were white, in late May.  These are ongoing changes in light and features I saw as I chased storm clearings that day, amazed by the quickly changing light and what it chose to highlight.

In between these brief events, we had hours of grayness and invisibility and no actual Tunnel View!

Have also included just a few shots from other days 5/22-5/26 but will make a separate gallery for those days later.





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Tunnel View,  Sudden Storm coming in.  2:50 pm, May 25.  #2596
Tunnel View, Sudden Storm coming in. 2:50 pm, May 25. #2596
Hours later, Spring storm, momentary clearing, Tunnel View, Cathedral Rocks, 7:13 pm  #2620
Hours later, Spring storm, momentary clearing, Tunnel View, Cathedral Rocks, 7:13 pm #2620
During a clearing occurring earlier at 2:44 pm #4413rv
During a clearing occurring earlier at 2:44 pm #4413rv
An extra shot for the road.  2:47 pm. #4416
An extra shot for the road. 2:47 pm. #4416
Most people were leaving.  4:57 pm. #4443
Most people were leaving. 4:57 pm. #4443
Surprise snow  on May 25.  5:47 pm.  #4466  (See 18-sec. video.)
Surprise snow on May 25. 5:47 pm. #4466 (See 18-sec. video.)
Turned in here.  Looked like a steep drop-off there.  5:48 pm  #4468
Turned in here. Looked like a steep drop-off there. 5:48 pm #4468
Back at Tunnel View area.  6:09 pm  Not quite clearing!  #4489
Back at Tunnel View area. 6:09 pm Not quite clearing! #4489
It looked quite different  now, and I loved that it looked like winter. #4497
It looked quite different now, and I loved that it looked like winter. #4497
6:14 pm. Wider view of  clearing storm in late May at Tunnel View, Yosemite.. #4505
6:14 pm. Wider view of clearing storm in late May at Tunnel View, Yosemite.. #4505
Tunnel View storm clearing in b&w. 5/25/2012, 6:15pm. #4505bw4a
Tunnel View storm clearing in b&w. 5/25/2012, 6:15pm. #4505bw4a
Tunnel View, Yosemite, clearing in storm, 5/25/2012, 6:26pm. #4511c
Tunnel View, Yosemite, clearing in storm, 5/25/2012, 6:26pm. #4511c
Cloud-wrapped El Capitan w/ hill trees in foreground, Tunnel View.  Looked like a painting to me. S95 #4520
Cloud-wrapped El Capitan w/ hill trees in foreground, Tunnel View. Looked like a painting to me. S95 #4520
Storm clearing,Tunnel View,  giant cloud landing.  6:45 pm. S95 #4534
Storm clearing,Tunnel View, giant cloud landing. 6:45 pm. S95 #4534
Tunnel View, storm clearing, El Capitan. 5/25/2012, 6:51pm.  #4555a
Tunnel View, storm clearing, El Capitan. 5/25/2012, 6:51pm. #4555a
Clearing storm, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan -Tunnel View, 6:59 pm. S95. #4568
Clearing storm, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan -Tunnel View, 6:59 pm. S95. #4568
Clearing storm. BridalVeil Fall under dusk-lit Cathedral Rocks. 6:59 pm, 5/25/12. S95 #4569
Clearing storm. BridalVeil Fall under dusk-lit Cathedral Rocks. 6:59 pm, 5/25/12. S95 #4569
At 7:00 pm.  Wider angle shot of this post-storm scene. S95 #4571
At 7:00 pm. Wider angle shot of this post-storm scene. S95 #4571
First Cathedral Rock now uncovered & green, still sun-lit at 7:07 pm. Tunnel View. S95 #4578
First Cathedral Rock now uncovered & green, still sun-lit at 7:07 pm. Tunnel View. S95 #4578
Resting Cloud ridgeline, under snow, at left.  Tunnel View. 7:15 pm S95 #4588
Resting Cloud ridgeline, under snow, at left. Tunnel View. 7:15 pm S95 #4588
Clearing storm closer up, Tunnel View, May 25, 2012.  7:15 pm.  SX10 #2624
Clearing storm closer up, Tunnel View, May 25, 2012. 7:15 pm. SX10 #2624
Clearing storm, closer up, at Yosemite,Tunnel View.  7:22 pm. SX10  #2634
Clearing storm, closer up, at Yosemite,Tunnel View. 7:22 pm. SX10 #2634
Five minutes later, the sun setting colors on Cathedral Rock, Tunnel View, 7:27 pm.  SX10 #2643
Five minutes later, the sun setting colors on Cathedral Rock, Tunnel View, 7:27 pm. SX10 #2643
 Clearing storm as sun's gold sets in late Spring, May 25. 7:28 pm. SX10 #2647
Clearing storm as sun's gold sets in late Spring, May 25. 7:28 pm. SX10 #2647
B&W version of  #2647's clouds. 7:28 pm #2647crbw
B&W version of #2647's clouds. 7:28 pm #2647crbw
At 7:36 pm. FINAL clearing storm sunset photo, Yosemite's Tunnel View. S95.  #4590
At 7:36 pm. FINAL clearing storm sunset photo, Yosemite's Tunnel View. S95. #4590
Rain made afternoon ride unlikely. 1:16 pm  #4347.
Rain made afternoon ride unlikely. 1:16 pm #4347.
So, I went to Cathedral Rock and Spires before Tunnel View.  5/25/12. 1:57 pm #4369.
So, I went to Cathedral Rock and Spires before Tunnel View. 5/25/12. 1:57 pm #4369.
Cathedral Rock and spires. 2:00 pm. #4372
Cathedral Rock and spires. 2:00 pm. #4372
Storm due.  Gates of the Valley aka Valley View.  5/25/12. 2:10 pm. #4377
Storm due. Gates of the Valley aka Valley View. 5/25/12. 2:10 pm. #4377
Sun breaking through storm clouds. Gates of the Valley, Cathedral Rocks . 5/25/12. 2:16 pm. S95 #4386
Sun breaking through storm clouds. Gates of the Valley, Cathedral Rocks . 5/25/12. 2:16 pm. S95 #4386
 Obviously enjoying a bite at Tunnel View earlier that day.  5/25/12. SX10 3:02 pm.  #2609
Obviously enjoying a bite at Tunnel View earlier that day. 5/25/12. SX10 3:02 pm. #2609
Lower Yosemite Falls path, double falls, creek, in rain,the next day, 5/26.  #2657
Lower Yosemite Falls path, double falls, creek, in rain,the next day, 5/26. #2657
Lower Yosemite Falls path, 5/26/12. #2661
Lower Yosemite Falls path, 5/26/12. #2661
Ansel Adams Gallery Camera Walk guide, Phillip ('Phil') Nicholas , who had some useful tips for us. #4151
Ansel Adams Gallery Camera Walk guide, Phillip ('Phil') Nicholas , who had some useful tips for us. #4151
Camera walk - Cook's Meadow in the Spring, 5/24/12. S95 #4173
Camera walk - Cook's Meadow in the Spring, 5/24/12. S95 #4173
Cook's Meadow on May 24  vs March 15. -#4176
Cook's Meadow on May 24 vs March 15. -#4176
Merced River green waters and rafters from Swinging Bridge in Cook's Meadow. 4207fcr
Merced River green waters and rafters from Swinging Bridge in Cook's Meadow. 4207fcr
Swinging Bridge. Flood height marker--TOP is height of flood waters in 1997.  #4209
Swinging Bridge. Flood height marker--TOP is height of flood waters in 1997. #4209
At the Ansel Adams Gallery shop front porch, a permanent fixture. 5/24/12.  #2538
At the Ansel Adams Gallery shop front porch, a permanent fixture. 5/24/12. #2538
Gates of the Valley, highlighted at dusk, and its photogs. 5/24/12, 5:58 PM #2555.
Gates of the Valley, highlighted at dusk, and its photogs. 5/24/12, 5:58 PM #2555.
The Valley View 'Gate' at dusk, 1/2 hr later,  light leaving the water. 5/24/12, 6:28 PM  #2570
The Valley View 'Gate' at dusk, 1/2 hr later, light leaving the water. 5/24/12, 6:28 PM #2570
Half Dome upstream from Merced River, from Sentinel Bridge. 5/24/12, 7:45 PM.  #2593
Half Dome upstream from Merced River, from Sentinel Bridge. 5/24/12, 7:45 PM. #2593
Rippling reflection of Half Dome at sunset, on the Merced River. 2585
Rippling reflection of Half Dome at sunset, on the Merced River. 2585
Half Dome as the sun gets lower and wind bends the waters. 7:55 PM  #4329h
Half Dome as the sun gets lower and wind bends the waters. 7:55 PM #4329h
Two waterfalls in Yosemite Valley seen from Glacier Point, 5/22/12
Two waterfalls in Yosemite Valley seen from Glacier Point, 5/22/12
Vernal Fall  5/24/12. #2392
Vernal Fall 5/24/12. #2392
Nevada Fall 5/24/12.  #2391
Nevada Fall 5/24/12. #2391