The 21st of this month marked five years since my dad passed away. He had Alzheimer's, but thankfully what took him before being fully ravaged by that disease was a sudden heart attack - he was gone in an instant after returning from a walk with my mom in his beloved outdoors.
The pictures I am sharing were taken just this last Thanksgiving in Yosemite, a place very dear to my dad's heart from boyhood until he passed. He was blessed to live nearby at the end of his life, and would go on weekly hikes with his "buddy Tom". Alzheimer's took a lot from him, but never his love of Yosemite and being outdoors. We just had a family reunion at my mom's at Thanksgiving, and one afternoon took a beautiful drive through Yosemite. I will share a few of the images I captured that afternoon as sun and clouds shifted and played games with the incredible, ever-changing landscape where rain and snow had fallen just hours earlier....
I love and miss you, dad!
|the road down into Yosemite valley|
|Bridal Veil Falls|
|fog shrouding the tops of granite walls|
|the sun breaking through and lighting up my dad's favorite tree to photograph|
|fall and the falls|
|the sun was shining on the valley floor, lighting up the fall colors while winter was presiding at the top|
|Half Dome was covered with clouds almost the whole trip, but suddenly the clouds cleared and late afternoon sun lit it up in spectacular fashion|
|low clouds started to gather again as we were leaving|
|as the sun was going down and it got cooler, mist began to rise on the meadow|
|a shot through the windshield of the rising mist|
|our last look back as we left, with mist rising from the meadow and the setting sun kissing the snowy peak good night...|