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Welcome to the 2012 Firefall Forum! Since I won’t be able to live blog from the Firefall this year, I decided to set up this forum instead. My goal is to create a place where Firefall aficionados can post comments and live updates before, during, and after the Firefall. Just post comments using your Facebook account (which helps avoid annoying spam). This forum is a work in progress, so bear with me. If you have thoughts or ideas on how […]

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8 am – It’s mostly overcast, and the forecast is calling for a a big storm arriving sometime this evening. (The weekend forecast is for a low of 10˚F in Yosemite Valley, which is about as low as it ever gets.) They’re even saying that it might snow at sea level, which is absolutely crazy. Today, more than ever, I’m not hopeful. My plan has always been to photograph Horsetail Fall at sunset, then drive to San Francisco to visit […]

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8 am – Just like yesterday, woke up to blue skies. Only problem: I can see airplane contrails – a sure sign of moisture in the air, which means clouds are likely in the afternoon. Noon – The sky is still blue, but some wispy clouds are building. I’d like to be hopeful, but I’ve seen too many days start like this and end cloudy. 3:30 pm – The parking lot is 3/4 full. The sky is mostly overcast, but […]

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8 am – Beautiful bluebird sky. Not a cloud in sight. 1 pm – The first tiny clouds appeared on the western horizon. But only a handful. Nothing serious. 2:30 pm – Still a remarkably clear and sunny day. 3 pm – The El Cap parking area is full. Not too surprising – today is the most promising day I’ve seen so far. Things still look good on the western horizon… 3:15 pm – Just met Joe from El Paso. […]

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Apologies for not getting back to yesterday’s comments. After posting the blog, I drove to Mammoth to pick up a friend last night, then drove back to Yosemite today. (Anyone familiar with the Sierra Nevada in winter will appreciate just how crazy that is.) Anyway, my responses are now posted on yesterday’s blog. Also, a warm shootout to Bill from the Bay Area, who spotted me today and came over to introduce himself! OK, because I spent 14 of the […]

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9:30 am – Beautiful sunny day. Bluebird skies in all directions! This is looking like a great day for the Firefall. The only issue is the temperature (28˚F). Cold and icy. Not great for the flow of Horsetail Fall, but the sun’s got all day to heat things up, and there’s plenty of frozen precipitation in the drainage that feeds Horsetail, just waiting to feed the waterfall. Also, I realize I’ve been neglecting Half Dome the past couple days, so […]

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7am – Woke up to two feet of fresh snow. Highway 41 (between Wawona and Yosemite Valley) was closed by the park service, but because I was staying off Highway 41 I could still use it. When the snow let up I put some chains on my tires and headed towards the Valley. 10 am – Had Highway 41 all to myself. Everything was covered in snow. 10:30 – Arrived at Tunnel View. Just me and a photography group that’s […]

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7am – Ahhhhhh. Woke up in a nice, warm house outside the park. Last night the forecast called for snow all night into the morning, so a park ranger friend took pity on me and invited me to crash at his place. Noon – Got word that it was snowy until about 8am in Yosemite Valley. Then it was so cloudy you could barely see. Got to the park around 11:30 and the skies were clearing, so I went back […]

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7am – It’s finally stopped snowing outside. There’s some patchy sunshine and some low-lying clouds above my tent, and the ground is covered in dry, powdery snow. Gotta get going before the sun turns everything to slush. 9:30am – I’m at Tunnel View. The sun just rose above the cliffs, and the light is extraordinary. This might be the snowiest and prettiest I’ve ever seen Tunnel View… Noon – The clouds have rolled in and it’s snowing again. Looks like […]

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7am – It’s been raining all night, and the ground outside my tent is soaked. 8am – The rain is turning to snow! 11am – It’s officially a snowstorm in Yosemite Valley. About two inches have fallen so far, and there’s plenty more on the way. The ground is white and the trees are covered. Looks like a day for winter shots… and my tent… 5:15 – It’s been snowing all day, and there’s no sign this storm will let […]

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