This pre-dawn glimpse of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, captures a magical winter morning. Shortly after making this photograph, I met a man who was beaming. He had grown up in Yosemite, and was proud to proclaim it! His companions were embarrassed, but just as joyful. This was the first large snowfall of the season after an extremely dry winter, and everyone was in a great mood, especially those of us who braved the storm to be in this winter wonderland.