A Monster Storm at Yosemite

Yose_4033Highway 140, West Entrance to Yosemite National Park, California

I went to Yosemite Wednesday, Feb. 6 after a monster winter storm dumped 2 feet of snow Tuesday alone in valley. The West Entrance reopened by noon on Wednesday after 2 days shut down. Snow chains were required to put on unless 4×4 wheels.

yose_4050-2A photographer at Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Yose_1081Yosemite Valley Chapel in Snow, Yosemite National Park, California

yose_4185-2El Capitan at Sunset, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA

After cruising around the valley floor and taking beautiful winter landscape pictures, I ended up at Tunnel View which my favorite spot all time at sunset.  I didn’t expect to take this epic, a stripe of light hitting the rock after disappointing cloudy sunset few minutes earlier. I was about to leave the tunnel view, removed all gears and tripod set-up. But I was stunned by a band of orange which lighting up the side of mountain where my car faced.  I turned around to the right and looked straight at the El Capitan where a stripe of light just reached. I grabbed a camera and rushed to take a couple of shots handheld. The orange light lasted about 6 minutes till it disappear.

I was so lucky to get this awesome shot and have  learned a lesson again. Never leave early till 30 minutes after sun went down. I will long remember the epic moment.

The Split Second between Life and Death in Wildlife


By every Thanksgiving, Vermilion Flycatchers migrate to warm Southern California, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, for the winter. One day, I was standing next to the tall tree which favorable to Vermilion Flycatchers. Suddenly, unfamiliar bird that I never seen it before, landed on that high perch. I shot more than 10 frames of image. One of photos revealed a split second of eating a Dragonfly by Merlin, which is a smallest falcon. I was stunned by the image that I never seen it before, and this is why the mysterious nature of wildlife kept me on field. By the way, Merlin is a small falcon which eats small song birds and shorebirds. Other prey includes large insects such as Dragonfly, bats, and small mammals.

Next two images show the before and after


Merlin just landed with a Dragonfly.



Merlin bites off the head, now it’s in her mouse.