Gates of the Valley is one of my favorite places in Yosemite. I enjoy reflecting on the knowledge that this view has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of years. Come sit here on a quiet morning or evening. Bridalveil Fall slips over its granite precipice, the Merced River flows by on its westward journey, and a storm passes overhead. This evening was one of the most extraordinary processions of storm and light I have ever seen in Yosemite. First a strong double rainbow appeared followed by beautiful silvery light and reflections. The finale was this incredible moment of alpenglow and wild breaking storm.