Tuolumne Meadows and Mammoth

My intention this weekend was to hike Clouds Rest at Yosemite but with the snow on the roads I could not make it to the trailhead and snow systems were constantly coming in. I ended up just taking a bunch of pic instead and did a quick hike to rainbow falls at the Devil’s Postpile National Park in Mammoth on the second day.

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Driving thru the Mojave desert as the sun rose

 

Tuolumne Meadows and River

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Tuolumne River first day
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Tuolumne River
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Tuolumne River
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Tuolumne River
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“Ansel Adam” attempt of the Tuolumne River second day
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Next morning at Lembert Dome second day
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Highway 120 closed
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Lembert Dome
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Tuolumne River second day

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Waiting for roads to open
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Roads are closed

 

Devil’s Postpile

Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry

Because another storm was moving in so I decided only to goto Rainbow Falls and Lower Falls and skip the Devil’s Postpile itself.

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Rainbow Falls
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Rainbow Falls
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Lower Falls
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Starkweather Lake
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Starkweather Lake
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Starkweather Lake

 

Milky Way

One thing I wanted to do is take pictures of the Milky Way in Yosemite.  With the higher elevation, I thought it would make for some amazing pics.  Of course the snow systems would prevent that.  As I drove home, I noticed the skies were clear and decided to pull of the 395 freeway and set up my tripod and attempt some pics.  The middle of the milky way was above my head already but I did my best trying to get some pics

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