Late afternoon view of the Merced River at Yosemite. Long-awaited snow fell before and during Christmas at the national park.(Alena Nicholas)
Afternoon light on Yosemite Falls, with storm clouds still moving through the valley. The park advises visitors to carry chains for their cars.(Alena Nicholas)
Late afternoon colors of Yosemite Valley as storm clouds move through. Forecasts for the park call for clear but cold weather over the next few days, with snow possible next week.(Alena Nicholas)
Snowfall right around Christmastime blanketed Yosemite in a white, wintry cloak.(Alena Nicholas)
A profile of Half Dome, shrouded in snow. Yosemite is on track to possibly set a record for visitors this year, beating out its 1992 record of 4.2 million people, the Associated Press reports.(Alena Nicholas)
A coyote hunts amid the late December snowstorm at Yosemite National Park.(Alena Nicholas)
The chapel at Yosemite National Park during the snowstorm that hit in December.(Alena Nichols)
The slow moving water of the Merced River starts to freeze up and offers wonderful reflections of the canyon walls.(Alena Nicholas)
Sunlight illuminates trees in the forest along the Merced River.(Alena Nicholas)
Bridalveil Falls and the Merced River at Yosemite.(Alena Nicholas)
Snow-covered buildings in Yosemite Valley.(Alena Nicholas)
Visitors flock to a shuttle bus in Yosemite Valley.(Alena Nicholas)
Visitors enjoy strolling through Yosemite Village during the storm.(Alena Nicholas)
Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite National Park finally received much-needed snowfall earlier this month.(Alena Nicholas)
Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.(Alena Nicholas)
A snowboarder races down one of the runs at Badger Pass Ski Area.(Alena Nicholas)
Badger Pass reports a 30-inch to 48-inch base of snow Tuesday.(Alena Nicholas)
Cross country skiers and hikers enjoy one of several groom trails at Badger Pass Ski Area.(Alena Nicholas)
When it finally snowed in Yosemite National Park this month, California photographer Alena Nicholas was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
She started shooting some of Yosemite’s most iconic spots on Dec. 24, continuing for two more days through the storm and after it passed.
“It was a truly remarkable time there in Yosemite. I’m certain that with the El Nino this year will be one for the records,” Nicholas wrote in an email.
Nicholas captured snowboarders and skiers at Badger Pass Ski Area in the park as well as some stunning scenics of waterfalls and the Merced River. By the way, Badger Pass reports that current conditions are “excellent,” with a base of 28 to 30 inches of snow.
If you are heading to Yosemite or anywhere in the Sierra where snow is in abundance right now, remember to bring chains for your car -- and don’t forget your camera.