“Autumnal Diminuendo”


There is a Japanese concept called "Seijaku." It means finding serenity within chaos. The reason I am talking about this is that I travel to beautiful places all over the world, but I avoid going to Yosemite at all costs because of the crowd. However, on my way back from the Sierra recently, I had to drive through Yosemite. As I was already inside the park, I decided to spend an evening there. As suspected, there were people everywhere. I could not have imagined being in any obvious location without interlocking my tripod with hundreds of other photographers. Thanks to a friend, I was able to find this quiet location which I had all to myself. After watching blazing aspens for a few days, I was actually very happy and at peace to find these fallen leaves that I found oddly more beautiful than anything I had seen in the entire trip. Combined with the colors of the setting sunset on El Captain, this was the first time I was able to appreciate this beautiful park, despite the fact that the park was at its full capacity with tourists and visitors. I had found my own Seijaku moment.

Date Added
October 25, 2017