Yasmeen and I went up to Yosemite the day before. On the drive up we got stuck behind this guy going 10mph under the speed limit. Now before you start telling me to be patient, there were at least 10 cars behind us. No exaggeration. We finally arrive at the tunnel and lo and behold they are doing construction. Damn. One way traffic into the valley. Not fun. Nothing really beats that view when you exit the tunnel off of 41 and emerge in Yosemite Valley. That entrance is such a poetic thing especially for those who are on their first visit but even to the rest of us who have been there before.
That evening I saw my first Yosemite sunset. Even with some of the lingering smoke from recent fires, it was beautiful. Sunset in the valley is very special. The way the light falls in there is so unique due to those rising granite walls on either side of you.
Cue the alarms going off at 5am. We stayed in a cabin just outside the valley so we could get up for sunrise and not have to make the extra early morning drive. There was a fair amount of smoke driving up to Glacier Point. Enough that it worried me. Another first for me was arriving at Glacier Point for sunrise. Honestly, there are very few words to describe it. Its beauty is awe inspiring. The kind that limits you to one syllable words. Breathtaking. Spiritual. Gratitude. Wonder. Joy. All things I felt once we arrived.
Amanda and Joel were such good sports letting me take them all around Yosemite. The one thing that I continue to learn throughout all my engagements is that each love is different. The way we interact with each other. The things we say to make the other smile. The small nuances that people don’t appreciate. That’s what makes it beautiful. So although there have been thousands of engagements shot here in Yosemite, the love that this two have, make it unique. Make it their own.