Yosemite NP–Tunnel View Clearing Storm

Yosemite NP–Tunnel View Clearing Storm

Yosemite NP–Tunnel View Clearing Storm.  A beautiful view of Yosemite Valley with El Capitan on the left and Bridalveil Falls on the right. Two of the tree brothers are exposed above Bridalveil Falls.  Sentinel Rock is to the left of the Three Brothers. The clearing snow storm is just beginning to expose the snowcapped Half Dome in the distance.

Description– A beautiful view of Yosemite Valley taken from Tunnel View after a dusting of snow during the night. El Capitan is on the left and Bridalveil Falls on the right. Half Dome and Sentinel Rock are on the right past Bridalveil Falls on the right foreground. Indeed there was some mist, and broken clouds overhead. That seemed like a perfect combination for Tunnel View; if the clouds lit up it would be a gorgeous sunrise from there. I drove up to Tunnel View. Got my equipment set up and the clouds parted to get this beautiful shot.

What is the Wawona Tunnel View?  The Tunnel View overlook has been renovated—the first changes to this area since constructed in 1933—and re-dedicated in an Oct. 24, 2008, ceremony. The Tunnel View scenic overlook is a historic site, located adjacent to Wawona Road, affording expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome. The overlook was constructed during an era that heralded a boom in design and development throughout the National Park Service, and helped initiate the National Park Service “rustic design style.” Wawona Tunnel and Tunnel View were determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 because of their exemplary design.

Improvements from the 2008 renovatation include an expanded handicap accessible viewing area, improved traffic flow, educational exhibits, and historic rockwork. This $3 million project was funded by The Yosemite Fund and the National Park Service as part of the President’s Centennial Initiative. Very little physical change occurred to Tunnel View’s physical features (including rockwork, circulation patterns, and configuration) since it was built. The site remains one of the most popular scenic overlooks in Yosemite National Park, with an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 people visiting per day during the height of the tourist season.  http://For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/scenic-vistas-tunnel-view.htm


silver-star Portland Metropolitan Photographers Association Merit July 2013

gold-star Professional Photographers Association Award 2013

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