Illilouette Gorge and Falls
Time of day: mid-day
Date: May 30, 2009
Casse and I took the Panorama Trail http://www.yosemitehikes.com/glacier-point-road/panorama-trail/panorama-trail.htm down from Yosemite’s Glacier Point to photograph Illilouette Falls. Being an old timer with a fickle back, I must say that I was initially hesitant but greatly inspired by a beautiful image of the falls made by professional photographer Vern Clevenger. See http://www.vernclevenger.com/site/catalog-index/images/08-2 . The trail descends a good 2 miles to the waterfall which is not viewable from any roadway.
Dark clouds were not welcome on this day with their rain, thunder and lightning. I was hoping for bright puffy cumulus clouds with blue skies.
Most folks park at the bottom of this trail and take the shuttle up to Glacier Point. However, we were not up for a 9 mile hike. So we hiked back up to the car at Glacier Point after photographing the waterfall.
The toughest "20 mile" hike I have ever taken was the 2 mile uphill hike back to Glacier Point! Although Casse recovered within a couple of days, I could barely walk for the better part of a week.
Still, we hope to return next year and re-shoot Illilouette falls without the thunderstorm. I love this scene; a 24"x30" canvas print hangs above my mantle.
A 3 stop soft edge graduated neutral density filter (Singh Ray) was used in this composition. Processed with impressionist filter in photoshop.