Wandering Camera – Clearing Storm

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

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This month I get to share a few clearing storm photos from the Sierra Mountains with you.  This is at my most favourite campgroud there.  It is at just over 10,000 feet in elevation.  Days stay cool, and nights get very cold.  Weather changes here frequently. 

 

Sometimes, if you are lucky, beautiful Mother Nature treats you with a rainstorm, which sets the sky on fire.  The ground reflects that light.  The smell of petrichor envelopes you.  You stand there unsure if the chill in your spine is caused by the cool wind or the spectacular drama that is unfolding around you.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We were resting back at the campground after a mountain walk on one of the many trails around there, when suddenly the rain came, followed by a full rainbow.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Then the dark clouds gave way to fiery orange and red ones against the background of an electric blue sky with just a hint of purple showing through.  We stood there speechless with admiration.

I took these photos while I was still figuring out my camera.  I am hoping for another opportunity to photograph a clearing storm in the Sierras.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I took this photo in Yosemite National Park during a different visit.  It was pouring rain in the early evening.  After my husband and I carried my photo backpack, stand etc through the snow to the photo spot using a couple of giant umbrellas, the waiting began. 

It started getting darker around us with rain continuing to happily patter on our umbrellas.  Then, just as I was ready to give up and pack everything up, it happened.  The rain stopped, the storm clouds parted, and Half Dome and the surroundings were covered by a beautiful purple-orange glow.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Going through these photos left me nostalgic and inspired, so I sketched this scene, and hoping to start painting it later today.  It has been a while since I have been to the mountains, I think it’s time!

 

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Yosemite And I

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Last weekend of October I had an opportunity to visit my favourite place – Yosemite National Park.  I am fortunate enough to live “only” 4.5 hours away from it.  That is considered close proximity in California.  I take advantage of that and try to go there multiple times a year.  Because of that, quite often I get to hear “Yosemite again??  What’s there to see so many times!”

The thing is, I feel at home there. 

In the words of Lord Byron –

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

For me, it’s not just a collection of parking spaces for the attractions in the park.  Yosemite needs to be explored. 

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

A sunny day is stunning there, but storm clouds make it even more of a dramatic place. 

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

Clouds skimming over El Capitan

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

Bridalveil Falls

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Tall, ancient granite formations with cascading waterfalls surround you while you walk in the wide meadows and through groves of trees. 

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Water droplets catch the sunlight and gleam on grass and leaves. 

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

The Merced river flows through it all, sometimes raucous and sometimes whispering.

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Season and weather change often, and Yosemite changes with them.

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

Yosemite National Park Photo | Whims And Fancies

 

While I love to hike the mountains and walk the meadows, sometimes I like to just sit at our favourite places in the park with my husband.  He reads while I paint.

 

Yosemite National Park Cooks Meadow Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

That is my Yosemite and I love it.  It has been there long before us and it will continue to be there long after. 

I was going through the photos I took there in October, always good for my spirit.  I hope they bring joy to you as well.

Take care,
-Soma

 

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