Friday, May 1, 2009

May News and Conditions

I have updated the photo guide news and conditions, and map Web pages along with the May report on the opportunities and prospects. You can view past monthly reports.

The prospects are better in May for photographers as the snowmelt is beginning at all elevation up to treeline. This should clear the late season persistent snow at the lower elevations currently throughout the NP at all elevations. As the snow clears from the lower forests, there will be some excellent opportunities for photographers with plants, creeks, waterfalls, forests, and remanent snow.

The NP is starting their opening schedule in May as the highways are cleared from the entrances over the passes. Some roads, like the Steven Canyon highway will likely be restricted or closed for repairs from avalanches and landslides. You can get the NP opening schedule (PDF), but remember it's dependent on the weather and conditions.

The one advantage to May this year will be the lack of people. With the snow and cooler temperatures, there will likely be fewer people than usual until later in the month for the Memorial Day holiday. You can get in some decent photography without the usual crowds at the normal spots along the highways. This could change as the weekend weather improves and the snow clears from the lower elevations.

Aside from that, good luck and enjoy the NP.

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