YOSEMITE — Yosemite in the winter offers far less-crowded, and frequently more dramatic views of its landscape than in other seasons. The colder weather of winter keeps many visitors away, but the lack of foliage on deciduous trees can provide more open views.
In the linked panoramic image, photographed adjacent to Southside Drive, one can see Lower Cathedral Rock with Valley icons Bridalveil Fall and its adjacent Leaning Tower, along with El Capitan through the barren trees opposite.
As of last week, this area was temporarily closed to the public (likely through September), as multi-year construction continues on the Bridalveil Fall Restoration project. When completed, this entire area, along with trails, parking lots, and visitor facilities (including restrooms) will be dramatically improved – much as was done at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias recently. Viewing areas for the fall will also be dramatically expanded and improved.
©2021 Photography by Scott Highton
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