Monday, April 21, 2008
The Mist Trail Opens for the Season!
The Mist Trail officially reopened two weeks ago in Yosemite National Park. Climbing 2.5 miles along the cascading Merced River, one will encounter both Vernal and Nevada Falls. Prepare to get wet, as the Mist Trail lives up to its name.
The grace of Vernal Fall and the ruggedness of Nevada Fall make them two of the most engaging waterfalls to photograph in Yosemite National Park. Ansel Adams photographed both of these falls and found each image to be so magnetic that he felt them important enough to include in his Special Edition Photograph series, as well as in two separate portfolios.
Both morning and afternoon are great times to take this hike. In the morning hours, the waterfalls and their resulting mist can exhibit a backlit effect. By early afternoon, softer light will warm up the landscape. During high runoff, rainbows should be visible throughout the sunny part of the day at the base of both falls, depending on perspective.
The photographs that accompany this posting were taken by Ansel Adams Gallery staff photographer Evan Russel on April 15, 2008 between 9-11:30AM in the morning.