This is probably my favorite image from a recent trip to Yosemite in December. From my perspective, it includes everything about landscapes that I have a passion for - Clouds, Snow, Mountains, Alpen Glow, and an amazing display of light!
I was standing there with two good friends, Don and Mike, and the three of us were along different sections of the same riverbank working in earnest to capture this scene. My feet were wet and freezing! Fortunately Mike had the foresight to bring an extra pair of socks and he loaned them to me prior to this shot! I was able to slip dry socks on and return with warm feet prior to this last bit of Alpen Glow light.
I mentioned in a previous blog post that the color and light disappeared from El Capitan completely for about 5 minutes - but you could see it coming back strong - red and pink - on the peaks further to the east. It then re-appeared on El Capitan for about 5 minutes just before disappearing for the night. But it was a great display for a few minutes!