Siesta Lake By Moonlight

Siesta Lake by Moonlight
Siesta Lake by Moonlight

Well, I did it again. I really enjoyed my last Tuolumne Meadows trip, really. One thing that bothered me was the Mammoth Peak photo. I knew the conditions where not optimal, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I had an opportunity to revisit the park so I made the 3 hour trip to capture it at sunrise.

Along the way I had to stop at Siesta Lake, near White Wolf, because the moonlight was illuminating the fog on the lake. Since I still needed to drive to Tioga Pass, I only spent about 10 minutes and took only a few exposures. The moon lit up the background and I used my headlamp to light the foreground flowers.

I packed my gear and headed out, destination…Mammoth Peak. When I got there the same tarn that I photographed 3 weeks ago was pretty much empty. I walked a few yards and “found” another, larger tarn and set up my tripod and camera and captured the moon over (near) Mammoth Peak.

Mammoth Peak and the Moon
Mammoth Peak and the Moon

I’m still processing the rest of my images, so I’ll post more in the next few days. Stay tune…

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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