A Picture Worth a Thousand Memories
I’m sure if you have seen pictures of the firefall and read the captions about how the conditions have to be perfect, stars aligned etc, etc. I’m going to pass that part up and tell you why this picture means so much to me.
When I was scrolling through my pictures this one caught my eye and the memories of my one and only trip to see the Firefall so far came running through my mind. In fact it may very well have been a thousand memories and here are some of them:
It was the decision to go just days before. It was inviting one of my friends with no plan but to drive up and see if we could get some shots. It was seeing posts from previous years that people were putting on their pages saying it was almost time. It was researching where to park, what to bring, where to walk/hike and still having no idea what to expect. It was putting snow chains on my own car for the first time. It was seeing so much snow, it was falling from the trees as we drove by. It was going through tunnel view and seeing the valley all white, covered in snow. It was eating cup o noodles style pho in the back of my van. It was walking at least a mile to a good viewing area and setting up our stuff. It was talking to other photographers about their experiences in Yosemite. It was seeing people I knew who I had no idea they were going to be there. It was waiting for a few hours until it finally started. It was the silence and all you could hear were the camera shutters. It was the amazement of the natural phenomenon that all of us were there for. Once it was over, it was all about heading home and talking about how our day had gone. It was wanting to see how all of the pictures turned out and start editing. It was so many more things than I have listed and I can’t wait to do it again.
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