June 9-10, 2006
My friend Fred and I decided to have a short trip to Yosemite
to get the "moonbow" over the Yosemite Falls, which can
be best seen during the full moon nights of May and June. We took
Hwy 120 since Hwy 140 was closed due to rock slides. However, we
missed the junction of 120 and 108, and did not notice we were
lost after about 25 miles on 108 instead of 120. The detour took
us more than 40 minutes and we did not get to Yosemite Valley
The moonbow was not very visible to naked eyes. We were surprised to see the rainbow got recorded by camera when I first took my test shots. The exposures were ~ 3 min @ F8 @ ISO400. There were quite a few people taking a night walk, and we did attract a small crowd with our tripods and long-exposure shots.
We left Yosemite Valley before noon, had a good lunch at KFC, and got back home before 5PM. Yosemite is always a fascinating place to visit, and we are so fortunate to live in California where it is feasible to make a 24-hour short trip to Yosemite anytime.
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