Last June I took my mom to Yosemite for the first time. We stopped by the swinging bridge, and while she was checking out the scenery I found this spot nearby. May and June are the best times to visit Yosemite to see its magnificent waterfalls and hear their echo roar day and night across the Valley. The Merced river that flows through the park gets a lot of water from the snow melting up above, and floods some of the valley's meadows. I like this spot because of the mirror like reflections on a clear, calm day. What's interesting is that 5 minutes after I captured this the wind started blowing, and there was no more mirror like water surface, so it did not look so cool. Creating a good composition here was a little hard because of all the tree branches around me. I have a few shots without the stump, and they look good too, but I think the stump adds a nice foreground detail.
By the way, my mom really enjoyed our trip and all the scenery around!
Canon 5 D mark2 with a Canon 24-70 2.8 L lens;
65mm at ISO 50;
exposure - 1/10 sec. for the main picture; 0.8 sec. for the second picture to blend the details in the stump.