By Walter J. Flint
This was Ansel Adams favorite place in the whole world. It is pretty much my favorite place also. The Lyell Fork of the Merced River is an exquisite slice of Heaven in the bosom of the range of light in Yosemite National Park.
The peak in the photo is named Mt Ansel Adams, 11,760 ft in elevation. It was officially dedicated and named after the famous photographer in 1984. This place is remote and does not see many visitors throughout the course of a year. It is approximately 21 miles to get there from the nearest trailhead, and one can feel a sublime sense of tranquility and quiet while staying in this special place. I have visited this most special place nine times in the 28 years I lived in Yosemite. This particular photo was made in the middle of September as the meadow grasses were starting to change with the arrival of autumn. The log in the foreground is like an old friend, and has always been there in the twenty plus years I have visited. This image was made on Fuji Velvia 50 slide film and I employed the use of a polarizing filter.
Walter J. Flint is a professional photographer who has lived in and around Yosemite Valley for over 28 years. He leads guided photography sessions for Y*explore and many of his prints are for sale on his website http://walterflint.com/.
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