Last weekend's moon was the brightest we will see in our lifetime - this made for some spectacular nighttime sights in Yosemite. The highlight was when my friend, and fellow photographer, Michael Frye suggested "Hey, if we hike 3 miles with a 2000 foot elevation gain, there may be an interesting moonbow some time after midnight - but it also may be a complete bust!". Well - with a proposition like that the only answer is "Heck Yeah". Four hours of hiking later, high above the Valley floor, a giant rainbow appeared in the Upper Yosemite Fall. If you look carefully, you can see a second "double rainbow" above the brighter bow.
I also had the chance to make a photograph that I've been thinking about for a while. Shooting the "Gates of the Valley" by moonset. The moon cooperated, some shifting clouds added interesting light, magic happened. The sleepless night was more than worth it!
Finally, with the huge moon, there were a lot of other photographers taking in the magic. Here is a shot of the Falls from Cook's Meadow - with a lot of happy photographers in the foreground!