The temperature was a crisp but refreshing 12°c on average. And more importantly, whilst the lookouts and waterfalls were already fairly busy, we had a lot of the park to ourselves. Most visitors tend to come in the summer, when temperatures average around 30°c on the valley floor and can soar well above that. It’s common to queue up to an hour to get into the park by car and shots of Tunnel View and El Capitan are liable to be spoiled by other photographers jostling for their ideal shot. In this perfect, pristine environment, I was happy not to share the views with anyone.