Yosemite Falls the tallest waterfall in America is also one of the most photographed falls in the Untied States. To many it is the most iconic image in Yosemite and I would have to agree. When the falls are raging you can feel the force and mist as well as hear its thundering sound. Trying to catch a unique image of this magnificent sight is a challenge all on its own. I hiked up the upper Yosemite Falls Trail and decided that this was my favorite view to try and catch a rainbow from the full moon in the mist of the falls.
I set up and waited, and waited, and waited. I had been told that the moon bow would happen at 830, and that if I didn't see it it wouldn't be happening. It never happened at the upper falls, but I didn't give up. The angle of the moon didn't look correct to reflect the light thus creating a rainbow. I was going to wait until I thought the moon was at the right angle in my mind to make the rainbow before I left because as a photographer you must be patient and trust your instincts to capture the image your creating in your mind. 12am came and a faint rainbow began to form in the Valley at the bottom of the falls creating a rainbow valley of small waterfalls. Over the next hour the rainbow became more prominent and a second more faint rainbow formed in the mist of Yosemite falls.
Sitting alone off the trail close to the side of a cliff at 1am I captured a unique image of Yosemite Falls. I hadn't seen anyone hiking up or down in over four hours, and I am happy to have spent a night alone with the mighty Yosemite and moon bows.