In Yosemite National Park, the ponds in Cook's Meadow are great natural surfaces that reflect the surroundings in the Yosemite Valley. I always try to visit in May to see the dogwood blossoms, the green grasses in meadows, and the water. Get down really low to the water and use a tripod, cable release and a wide-angle lens at sunset. With a little luck and a lot of practice, all of the elements will come together.
In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31.
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