Autumn Storm At The Gates Of The Valley
It was during a 5 minute drive down from Cook's Meadow that I realized I had just left a dozen incredible shots in a row as incredible rays burst over the valley, but there was no where to pull over. Suddenly I was driving through light mist and sunshine and I KNEW there had a to be a rainbow over the valley from the tunnel view, but it would be gone by the time I got there. Then I came around the corner of El Capitan Meadown and the sun was streaming through the yellow leaves in front of the Cathedral Rocks and I wanted to stop…but I wanted the rainbow….and ….
And that's all it takes for me to completely lose my mind. Put me in an environment where there are 20 amazing things to shoot all at once and ask me to choose ONE, then sit back and watch me explode. I was hitting my brake pedal and the accelerator at the same time. I decided on the Valley View and hit the accelerator again. Suddenly I found myself behind a tour bus from Brea and I KNEW their next stop would be the Gates of the Valley View and that the whole area would be overrun if they got there first. I tried to pass the bus, but the driver decided it was easier to drive ON the dotted line and almost killed me. I finally floored it and got in front of him with only a few seconds to spare. I dashed out the car and finished this bracket just as 50 tourists from Brea piled out.
This was fairly typical for a clearing storm at Yosemite. Sit around and nothing happens for 9 hours and when something does happen, it all happens at once.