A couple from Tuolumne Meadows
I agree with you, I love the solitude and wide open spaces with the Sierras in the distance. It's a wonderful place and I'd love to go back in the late spring or early summer when the wildflowers are in bloom.
As for the shots, I took the first one at about 10 am local time. The second at about 11:30 am local time. I intentionally processed the photos to make them bright. I hope I didn't overdo it.
I was there last fall. It is quiet and the view is fantastic. I like your shots. Colors are good. It looks like the middle of the day. Can you use a little photo shop to under- expose this slightly? It may help. It may be just what I like. I don't know. I just add it as an idea or suggestion.Very nice shots though. I hope you enjoyed your trip. I really liked this area for the solitude and the wide open spaces and the Siera's in the distance.
Shoot when you can and take the day off if you find you can't.