Yosemite Valley after the first snow: tranquil yet wild
Yosemite Valley after the first snow is a different place than during the hectic summer months: the pace slows, the air grows still.
This week, a coyote visited a meadow in search of small prey.
Massachusetts native Jasmine Scalli was making her first visit to Yosemite. She is now living in San Diego, so her time in the snow allowed a chance to “get a little bit of feel of that winter.” The trees reminded her of college in New Hampshire.
In a full winter coat, a coyote hunts for mice and birds in a snowy Yosemite Valley meadow on Tuesday in Yosemite National Park.
Tourists carefully walk on ice as they approach the Lower Yosemite Falls on Tuesday.
Jasmine Scalli, right, with friends Marie Foltier, left, and Anne Pervier, center, both of France, had fun on their first visit to Yosemite.
Half Dome and surrounding peaks that loom over Yosemite Valley are shrouded in snow.