Roberta and Keries live in Hong Kong and originally contacted us with an interest in doing their pre-wedding photo shoot in Death Valley. That all sounded great until we asked when exactly they would like to do their adventure session and their reply was … late July! When we asked them if they were aware that the average daily temperature in Death Valley in July is in excess of 120 degrees, they responded that they hadn’t though about that. Quickly realizing that a photo shoot in Death Valley in the middle of summer was out of the question they took our suggestion and opted instead to go to Yosemite National Park.
We started the adventure before sunrise at Glacier Point in Yosemite then headed down through Yosemite Valley for a few more photo ops on our way to Mono Lake. As we made our way across Tioga Pass it began to rain continued as we reached Mono Lake. Though it was 93 degrees in Yosemite Valley, the temperature dropped into the low 40’s at the to[of Tioga Pass and only risen to the low 50’s at Mono Lake. We used the rain to our advantage before taking a break to warm back up. It looked bleak, with steady rain and a heavy blanked of clouds that seemed to have no end in sight. Near sunset we noticed a very slight, almost imperceptible, break in the clouds at the horizon and with that we all headed back down to the lake in the hopes that we might get a little bit of color in the sky. Just as we reached the shore a little color popped out and our hopes went up. Then we looked behind us. A faint rainbow began to emerge and suddenly, it exploded into brilliant color! We all began to run to get to a good set of tufa towers for a shot of the now, full, double rainbow that was commanding the landscape. After the rainbow finally faded, the western sky exploded in deep shades of red and pink. It was well worth the wait and as darkness fell, skies cleared yet again and we got a few more star photos to end an amazing day!