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Yosemite National Park

May 222016
 

It’s not called the Ahwahnee anymore, but it still is to me.  It’s good old impersonal corporate greed that’s taken the traditional name away.  But, whatever the name, the Ahwahnee is still a beautiful place to be when not enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the park itself.  To call Yosemite a park is even a misnomer of sorts.  It’s so much more.  It’s mother nature at her finest and the way that the Ahwahnee fits in to it all is a beautiful example of how a manmade structure can elegantly harmonize with the beauty of nature.

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Jan 232015
 

A few days ago a couple of rock climbers ascended the most difficult route up the face of the famous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.  This infamous granite face beauty is an incredible presence but not one I could ever imagine climbing.  They took 19 days to do it, actually sleeping on the face of the cliff, hundreds of feet off the ground.  A spectacular feat in a spectacular setting.

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Dec 092014
 

It was a beautiful October stretch and I wanted to get away.  So, I jumped in the car and drove the 5 hours up to Yosemite.  Much different than the walking days of John Muir.  I wanted to hike up to Cathedral Lakes and was prepared to spend the night.  I figured it was a great time for some fall  shots, it was fairly clear out and no forecast for any precipitation.  No snow at the trail head so a full go.  As a got higher, some patchy snow showed up at when I got to the upper lake it was mostly snow covered with nobody around.  Wow!  How unexpectedly beautiful.  And cold.  When the sun started to set with some cloud cover rolling through it was even better.

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Jun 302014
 

Today is the anniversary of Lincoln signing into law the Yosemite Grant Act.  Done during the civil war, it was the first act to set aside and protect wild land for the enjoyment of all future generations of people.  And today, 150 years after, the park service and the Yosemite conservancy are investing over 35 million dollars to help protect and save the incredible sequoias from the mariposa grove.  This image is not from the mariposa grove, but from the merced grove of sequoias, also in Yosemite National Park.  Wherever they are, the sequoia tree is an awesome sight to behold and spend time with.

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Jun 012014
 

Happy June!  This was taken in June a couple of years ago during one of the biggest run-off years.  Certainly not this year, as it’s been relatively dry.  But in this year the water flow was incredible!  Yosemite National Park is such an incredible place to be in any circumstance and if you’ve never been there it’s a must go place.  John Muir and Ansel Adams knew what they were doing when they chose to spend so much time there.  Anyway, I was wandering around the park just taking in the beauty when I ended up here; the infamous place where Ansel Adams took his famous shot, Tunnel View.  The conditions are always changing and the days I was here were gorgeous!

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Jan 032014
 

I had hiked up the trail past Vernal Falls and then Nevada Falls.  I just kept going.  It was threatening to snow up here above 6,000 feet but I just didn’t care.  I was hiking alone, having a great time.  In the most visited National Park we have I ran into nobody out here, just following the Merced River further up towards its source.  At times I would just stop and listen to the quiet.  Everything was so still and frozen.  Even though it was completely overcast there was a brightness from the white snow.  Then, while hiking, I saw this singular smooth rock in the middle of the mostly frozen river.  It seemed to be asking for just a little bit of space within the freezing water.  And there was just enough river flow hitting it to keep it clear.  For now, at least.

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Oct 032013
 

Even though the government has been temporarily shut down, you can’t regulate beauty or the glory of the natural world.  Our governmental reps. bicker and what gets cut out?  Our national parks.  As if we need government to dictate where we can walk or hike.  Guess we better stay home and write our representative’s.  On second thought, there’s too much beauty in the world.  I think I’ll go hiking! yosemite-valley-reflection-1

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May 072013
 

It was an early Sunday morning and for some reason most people in the park seemed content to not be wandering about.  Maybe they were breaking down their camp or sipping morning coffee or just getting ready to head back to city life.  Whatever the case, it seemed as if all of Yosemite was mine and a few other photographer types enjoying the immense beauty of this spectacular valley.  This particular year the mountains were overflowing with snow-pack and the runoff into rivers and waterfalls was the highest in quite some time.  There are but few words to describe this place called Yosemite.  With the wildly flowing rivers and falls, awesome is one of them.

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Mar 242013
 

It’s not always like this.  If you go to Yosemite in late summer or fall as I often do, then you won’t see any water falling.  It also depends on how much snow falls in the upper elevations during the winter.  But, when there is an abundance of snow melt in the spring… Wow!  Yosemite Falls is a sight to behold; power and grace as one.  This image was taken in June after a particularly heavy winter snow year.  Water was flowing everywhere.  The falls were in their full, roaring, raging awesomeness.  Yosemite is so incredible!

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Jan 052013
 

I was up by 5:00 AM and drove the 4 plus hours up to Yosemite.  I checked in at Curry Camp, my tent cabin for a couple of nights, then drove the short distance out the the trail head for my hike up Four Mile Trail that heads up to Glacier point.  There wasn’t any snow this mid winter day on the valley floor, but the further up I hiked the more snow there was.  Little did I know then, but this was the last of the sunny days for a while.  The next day was totally socked in with rain in the valley and heavy snow up on top.  Sure glad I got up here first as there’s nothing like the unencumbered view of Yosemite valley.

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