Spring in Yosemite National Park, Dogwoods trees in bloom.

Yosemite National Park

A beautiful Spring day in Yosemite National Park, photographing Yosemite Falls.

Dogwoods in bloom

Dogwood Bloom in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is an incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring place. In spring, it becomes even more extraordinary with the sight of massive waterfalls, overflowing rivers, and, my favorite, blooming of the dogwoods. For only about two weeks of the year, these majestic trees sprout elegant white flowers.

After years of unsuccessful attempts, I finally managed to capture the blooming dogwoods along the Merced River. Time was limited due to an approaching storm, so I started my day at 2am. Exploring more than six miles of the flooded shores, I stumbled upon an alluring scene—a perfect dogwood blossom surrounded by more blossoms, standing proudly near the roaring river.

With my camera set up, I patiently waited for the optimal lighting and a break in the wind. Hours passed, but eventually, the perfect moment arrived. The sun peeked out from behind a cloud during a lull in the wind, illuminating the scene with a magical glow.

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is a spectacular sight, especially during the spring season. This year, with the Merced River flooding its banks, a temporary lake has formed below the falls, creating a unique and breathtaking view of the colossal falls.

Fine Art Photograph from Yosemite Valley of a blooming dogwood tree.