This is a very special time of year along Hwy 140 leading into Yosemite Valley. We have had adequate rainfall this year to bring out the poppies and redbud along the Merced river highlighting a spectacular drive up the canyon. Although people have said this is a good year for poppies, I understand 2009 was a spectacular year for poppies.
This image shows the poppies across the Merced river, from Hwy 140, growing all the way to the top of the hill. The area across the river, about my level, is the old train track that carried tourist to Yosemite Valley from Merced, California which is about 81 miles of travel. What a fun train ride up the canyon back then this time of year.
Again, this is a great time to visit Yosemite Valley traveling up Hwy 140 to see the poppies and enjoy Yosemite’s waterfalls before the water dries up earlier this year than normal.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24-105mm f4L at 32mm
ISO 200, 1/125 sec at f/11