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Royal Arches On Fire (May 7, 2008)

Well, I'm guessing that some genius climbers who were moving slow got benighted and decided to stay warm with a fire. Someone said they saw a fire up there on Monday night.

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Valley Snows (25 January 2008)

We've been getting a lot of snow lately and I finally have done my weekly update to the photo journal after seven months. Seven months, seven days, what's the difference?

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2008 Photo Contest Winner: Jeff Murray

Finally getting around to announcing the winner: Jeffrey Murray,

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2008 Photo Contest Entrants

[Update: Congratulations to Jeff Murray, the Grand Prize winner].

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2008 Photo Contest Judges

I've rounded up a few judges to help me out with the first (and possibly last unless I win another voucher) Yosemite Explorer Photo Contest. Now I just need some submissions! I'm quite pleased with the folks who've agreed to help with the judging though.

QT "Tuan" Luong, of TerraGalleria.com, has been a friend for over 15 years now if I recall correctly. He is a professional photographer, specializing in travel and landscape photography. As a photographer, he is perhaps best known for his National Parks Project, in which he photographed all national parks in large format, both near the car and deep into the backcountry (a few weeks ago I hiked Mount Hoffman with Tuan and his 5x7 camera, which counts as near backcountry I suppose). I have always admired Tuan's eye for composition and I have had the occasion to be able to compare pictures taken by Tuan and another professional photographer (of our wedding actually) at the same instance and have been impressed at his "hit rate". Tuan first became "internet famous" for having what was, as far as I know, the first website to publish detailed information about rock climbing in Yosemite (and one of the first websites on Yosemite of any kind). That information has long since been superceded, but his website on large-format photography remains relevant on that subject.

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Horsetail Falls Natural Firefall

The old Glacier Point Firefall is long gone, but every February and, as this picture shows, even in March, when conditions are right, Horestail Falls on El Capitan provide a nice natural firefall.

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Snowstorm in Yosemite Valley, Dec 17, 2006

Yosemite Valley in Black and White. I took this picture of Middle Cathedral and a couple similar ones of Bridal Veil Falls around dawn after a snowstorm.

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The Best El Cap Picture in the World - Gigapixel Resolution

Hat's off to the guys at http://www.xrez.com, a site devoted to gigapixal digital photography. That's right GIGApixel.

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Rough Autumn in Yosemite - deaths, accidents and illness - 2006

It was a terrible autumn for the Yosemite community this year, with a rash of accidents and deaths of both locals and visitors.

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December Light and Snow, Dec 16, 2006

We've been getting some snow and some nice light as you can see from that photo of Half Dome after Thanskgiving snows and from the one below of Yosemite Falls.

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Highway 140 Again

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Tioga Pass Opens (June 16-22, 2006)

Tioga Pass opened surprisingly early this year given how much snow we had.

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Photos of the Highway 140 Rock Slide

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Memorial Day: Traffic, Snow and Hail

As is typical on Memorial Day, Yosemite Valley is crowded beyond belief. Currently (2:00pm on Saturday) there are traffic jams near Bridal Veil, Sentinel Bridge and Ahwahnee Meadow.

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Highway 140 and Tioga Pass update

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Traffic Problems due to Highway 140 Closure (May 21, 2006)

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Waterfalls Everywhere (April 28 - May 12 2006)

Spring is here to the thunderous applause of the waterfalls. High flow and loud noise make sfor some excellent viewing and it doesn't seem to have peaked quite yet.

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Yosemite Snow Levels, February 12, 2006

Update April 11, 2006: It's still snowing with snow levels today at about 6,000 feet, which means that driving is pretty good most places (though

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Winter won't go away (Mar 31 - April 6, 2006)

The Yosemite Chapel looks quaint and prosaic in the snow but, truth be told, most people around here are getting rather fed up and we're ready to see some spring!

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Rail Creek Ski Trail and Snow Storms, March 2006

A snowy week. Epic driving and a fun trip down Rail Creek with Erich and Benito in the fading light after work.

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More powder skiing in Yosemite (Mar 10-16, 2006)

The snow never stops this March. This week was no exception.

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Winter is back (Mar 3-9, 2006)

All through February, Bruce has been saying "I remember a year like this.

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Badger Powder (Feb. 16-22 2006)

Winter finally came to the Sierra this spring (or almost spring). It's been the best snow of the year by far and as good as anyting I remember from last season's epic storms.

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Camp 4 Deserted (Feb 2 - 8, 2006)

Camp 4 and most of Yosemite Valley is basically deserted, but the temps have been fine for climbing and everything is dry.

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Snowstorm at Badger Pass (Jan. 12-18 2006)

Too much work and too much shoveling to take any decent pictures, but we did get a couple of good snowstorms through this week to refresh the tired trails.

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