Cathedral Rocks and Merced River in Winter, Yosemite National Park

Taken from the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley on December 27th, 2012

It’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to snow camp in Yosemite during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. This year, on my first night in the trip I walked along the Merced to one of my favorite views of El Capitan. Unfortunately the light and clouds weren’t cooperating over the Captain so I headed back toward the car. Halfway there I noticed this little pine tree in “snow monk’s” pose. The blissfully-smooth Merced river was providing elegant reflections of the Cathedral Rocks and as the sun sank lower in the sky it filled the clouds with a luscious, wine-colored light. I’m not religious but I certainly was worshiping in the Temple of Snow that night.

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