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Old 4th February 2009, 04:14   #16
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Great photos, TSK.

What a beautiful place,sigh!

So, where are the rest of the pics?
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Old 4th February 2009, 04:17   #17
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After the first view we continued onto the park, and headed into the meadows. We had expected some snow, considering the warm weather in afternoon, but some turned out to be quite a bit!
Took quick pics, as the light was very harsh, impossible to expose properly, unless you go HDR way!
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Without wasting further time, we headed to what we had come to see....
With the warm weather, there was bound to be water from melting snow, but to our delight, the flows were actually much more than the typical winter low flows. Not as much as spring, but quite more than normal Jan End flow.

The first fall was the Bridal Veil. It was flowing with quite a force. Infact the 1000 ft drop meant we could not get near the normal viewpoint due to spray, therefore had to click pics through foliage only.
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Another view
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Downstream the waterfall, took some more pics, and light was much better here in the shade
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Took a few pics here, and here is one of the "closer" one
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Bridal veil done, we decided to head to mirror lake first, as it was a 1.5 mile hike from the parking, and we did not want to do it in the dark since all trails were full of trecherous ice(Mukul did manage to fall! )

While on the way, we passed meadows. With sky clear and sun high up the light was really really harsh! Merced river in pic below
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This is called the sentinal bridge, here is a wider shot. Yosemite is not for 18*1.6mm, you need to go atleast 18mm in 35mm equiv, which means around 12mm in my setup
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Saw snow covered meadows on the way
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Finally parked the car and began the trecherous hike to mirror lake!
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The parking lot was slightly ice, but the foot trail was much worse. Where there was snow walking was tough, but no issue of slipping, but many stretches had packed ice, and it was slide slide all the way.
Balancing the gear, we slowly made progress towards the lake!

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Old 4th February 2009, 10:56   #18
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Great Photos. Really got me nostalgic. Thanks for sharing the snaps. Good to see you enjoyed your visit.

take care and drive safely
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