Thought I’d give you a little perspective on the Hite Cove trail.
Most of the trail is well above the south fork of the Merced River. The trail itself is 2-3 feet wide, with the path about 12-18″. I’ve walked a long way on this trail and have yet to find a ‘cove’. Much farther down from where this was taken it does drop nearer the river and flatten out. But you have to go a good distance before that happens. Mostly it’s a narrow trail and lots of ups and downs. But a great hike and photo opportunity.
Last Sunday I posted a photo with California Poppies in the foreground.
If you like Golden Poppies head up to Hite Cove along the south fork of the Merced River. The hillsides are covered with them and lots of other wildflowers. It makes for a good hike and a great place to photograph. A word of warning, poison oak itches and there’s some of that too.
A lot of the Merced River was iced over since the temp was mostly in the lower 20’s and the water was moving very slowly. I liked the reflection of El Cap but also the reflection of the snow covered tangled bush.
Last Sunday I hemmed and hawed until about 10am about going to Yosemite were it was supposed to be about 21 degrees.
Glad I did. It was cold, between 21-27 degrees, but the wind was still and I bundled up pretty good. By the lack of tracks in the snow I’m the only one that got this shot that day. There were several photographers around the bridge seen middle left but no one ventured this far down.
After leaving the car without my tripod I decided this would be a good spot for a water shot. Trying to balance my camera on a rock, not only could I not see where the camera was focusing I couldn’t tell exactly where it was aimed. On top of all that the camera had to be held in place so getting a sharp image at 1/4sec was a real challenge. I used f29 to get as much depth of field as possible and I like the result. It always amazes me the different colors, textures and makeup of the various rocks and boulders all jumbled together.