Tuolumne Sunset - Yosemite National Park
Returning to Tuolumne Meadows feels like going home and an evening in Yosemite's largest Alpine meadow can be a deeply moving experience. The crystal clear waters of the Tuolumne River meander around a bend reflecting Lembert Dome, Dana Peak and Mt. Lewis as sunset settles in just as high Sierra storms blow out creating that perfect moment. It had been nearly 40 years since I had dipped my feet in the icy cold waters of the Tuolumne. This had been my childhood playground and as crazy as the world gets this place is always there for me to return to those memories spend camping and fishing in Yosemite's best kept secret.
This may look like an early spring day but this was the middle of July. A recent storm had dumped snow atop Dana Peak and as the sun broke through the storm clouds it illuminated the snow like a distant beacon. Knowing the only good shot was in the middle of the river I shed my shoes and waded into the depths of the river. The icy water and river pebbles stung but the beauty of the place outweighed the momentary pain till my feet became numb. The calming effect of all the nature around was incredible and I didn't want to leave it behind but I know I will be back in short order for another visit with the meadow.