© 2019 Brian E Love Photography
Sunset strikes the shores of granite at Yosemite's, May Lake. At 9,000 feet, it is one of my favorite of Yosemite's many striking alpine lakes. Mt. Hoffmann is seen on the right side of the image and is a most impressive peak and at nearly 11,000 feet, it is quite a great hike. It is not often you get a view downwards toward Half Dome and Clouds Rest, but as you move to the edge of the lake or near the summit of Mt. Hoffmann you will be greeted with an amazing view of the vast northern wilderness.
Forest fires have been at an all time high in California over the past few years. It is hard to put into scale how dramatic and impactful these wildfires can be until you witness the smoke coverage that they can produce. Hundreds of miles away from the flames, the plumes of smoke find their way into the Yosemite valley. While the devastation is tragic, it surely does make for some colorful and unique alpine sunsets. Here is a shot captured from Sentinel Dome as the last sliver of direct light makes its way up El Capitan's massive granite wall.