Yosemite National Park, California.
In September 2021, on our western trip, we planned to see Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Wildfires closed the two southern parks, but we did have the opportunity to make our first visit ever to Yosemite.
The lake, named after Chief Tenaya of the Yosemite Indians, is the largest lake in the park. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it is a popular lake according to the National Park Service website. On our day visit, however, we were the only ones there. We drove through the park in the morning, and the photo was captured at about 10:30 AM. The sun was above the peak to the east.
On busy weekends, Tenaya Lake is a popular place for picnicking, swimming, and canoeing. The road to the lake, Tioga Road, is only open from late May to November, the actual dates dependent upon the first significant snow in the fall and the final clearing of snow from the road in the spring.
About the photo: Despite the strong backlight from the shot straight into the sun, the bright reflections on the water enticed me to take the shot. I was hoping the flare from the sun would be less than it turned out to be, but processing via Adobe Lightroom and Luminar Neo still allowed me to bring out the details in the heavily shadowed mountain in the background. The original image is a JPEG. I probably would have had even better success had I used my Samsung S20U’s RAW image.
I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.
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Love the light John 🙂
Thanks, Brian. A beautiful morning for sure.
Love the colour shades, the sun rays and the sparkling sun reflection in the water.
It was a magical morning, for sure, Philo.
John, this is such a mesmerizing view. Very lovely 🙂
It certainly was a beautiful morning and we were lucky to be there at such a magical time.
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This is beautiful, John. I really like the light shining in from above.
Thanks, Chris. It turned out to be one of my favorite photos on our Yosemite trip.
In preparation each Sunday morning for cellpic Sunday, I quickly look for your post and was so pleased to read this first thing about Tenaya Lake, John! I’ve been to the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite at least 20 times in my life–I always felt it was my own backyard 🙂 Your image is quite gorgeous and really captures the essence of the lake. We spent many afternoons lounging here in past years. It is literally like looking through a window and is mesmerizing as Hammad describes. Thanks for the lovely reminder. Here is mine today: https://secondwindleisure.com/2022/08/21/sunday-stills-monthly-color-challenge-is-mustard-a-color-or-a-condiment/
I am glad to refresh some pleasant memories. The lake is
Oops, accidentally hit >enter<. Continuing my sentence, truly a beautiful place to spend some time enjoying nature and the beauty of Yosemite.
stunning…there, I finished your sentence! LOL!
That’s brave, shooting into the sun, but the reflections off the water have come out very well. Also, you managed a great job of rescuing the mountain from the glare. The photo looks lovely.
As they say, rules are meant to be broken. >grin< Sometimes, a broken photography rule provides an interesting perspective.
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Wonderful scenery, so beautifully captured.
Here is mine:
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Beautifully captured! I also like the reflections on the lake.
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We had a lovely visit to Yosemite one year so your photo is a nice reminder.
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Hangin’ with my iPhone.
The picture was taken in my hammock about 5 minutes ago with my iPhone 11 Pro Max. Only camera I ever use anymore.
Many people have made the decision to drop their small cameras in favor of their cellphone. After all, the best camera you have is the one you have with you.
Exactly. And, much easier on the back.
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wow a lot of work to make something out of the shot, it’s worth it!
I can easily understand why such a beautiful location would be popular with lovers of the great outdoors!
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Amazing view, John 👏 Love the lens flare, & the phone’s picked out the sparkles on the lake perfectly 😃 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/08/22/tall-grasses-cellpic-sunday/
Thanks for joining Cellpic Sunday again, Jez!
You’re very welcome 😊
The photo is amazing.
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Oh John, you have such a gorgeous photo to inspire us today with. (OK it’s Monday, but I hope you don’t mind).
Cee, just call it “mobile phone Monday” …. >grin<
Thank you for the compliment on the photo.
I’m going to be Cell Pic Wednesday. LOL I love your photo of Yosemite. There is so much to photograph there. The water in your picture is so clear and clean – sparkly clean. Even though we lived so close, I seldom went there. My husband, sister-in-law, and brother all get car sick on mountain roads. Have a great week. 🙂
That “too close to visit” has plagued me for much of my life. Fortunately, that changed when I retired. >grin<
You have set your priorities on that, and it is working for both of you. That’s awesome. 🙂
Great Tenya lake, it looks stunning🙌🔥🔥🔥
Yosemite is truly a beautiful place. I hope to visit again someday soon.
What a beautiful scene!
It was certainly a worthy stop on our drive through the park, Aletta!
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