Yosemite Valley Dreams

Yosemite Valley Floor
Yosemite Valley Floor

The grain in this grayscale image is an accidental discovery, and it reminds me of pictures shot with Tri-X many years ago.

I used to push Tri-X to ISO 800 or 1600 in my little Olympus OM-1. I liked the grain, and more, I enjoyed the freedom of taking pictures in dim light.

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago — my first visit to the Valley since before the pandemic. It’s winter, and it is a little threadbare and worn. But there are still climbers on El Cap:

Climbers on El Cap

Snow by the Merced:

Snow on the banks of the Merced River
Snow on the banks of the Merced River
Partially frozen lakelet
Running water
Reflections in Mirror Lake
Reflections in Mirror Lake

My wife says sometimes that she would like to be reincarnated as a rock. I’m not sure about the mechanics of that, but here is a nice rock:

Rock in a stream

One could let the fever dreams of twisted humanity flow by; in a few hundred thousand years they will resolve.

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