Yosemite National Park

America has been blessed by God with places of awe inspiring beauty.

I’ve been on vacation, enjoying Yosemite National Park for the past week.

Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls

We had beautifully sunny weather, though the air was often quite chilly.

I’ll share a few photos of things I saw in and around Yosemite.

The scenery is spectacular.   I think God must have enjoyed creating this part of the earth.

Spectacular scenery with abundant waterfalls as well.

Half Dome and Nevada and Vernal Falls

Spectacular scenes with some drama as well – wildfires were visible.  They of course can be destructive but are part of the natural cycle of life in the area.

Snow is still visible in some of the mountains, though it is late June.  The melting snow feeds the waterfalls.

Lukens Lake and its wildflowers add variation to the scenery.

We did miles of walking – I won’t call it hiking but it was not easy.  Below we are approaching the top of Vernal Falls.

A photograph cannot do justice to the majesty and size of the giant sequoias.

Though we saw signs warning of bears and mountain lions, we saw relatively few mammals, but a sampling below of a few animals.

Steller’s Jay

Lizards were the creature we saw the most.

Coyote were the biggest predators we saw.

My favorite are the wildflowers – my son, John, reminded me frequently that the hikes would not be nearly so long if I didn’t stop to photograph every flower.  Personally I thought it was the steep climbs which were the problem.  The flowers were a relief along the way.

Besides the wildflowers, John is also a colorful character to travel with.

We ventured a little bit outside Yosemite Park to visit Mono Lake and its unusual Tufa formations.  The tufa was actually produced underwater, but use of the lake by water thirsty southern Californians nearly drained the lake exposing the tufa formations.  It is also home to the underwater fly – yes, there are flies that can live underwater.

The moon towards evening was also bright, though not yet full.   Ansel Adams I’m not.  He certainly would have caught the moon perfectly.

All good things come to an end, and so too another beautiful day.

You can view all of my photos from the national park at Yosemite Visit

You can find links to other photo-blogs I’ve done at My Photoblogs..

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8 Responses to Yosemite National Park

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  2. Michael Snow says:

    Thank you for bringing back fond memories. The last time we were there, my kids were pre-schoolers, and now, married with kids. Blessings.

  3. Beautiful photos, Fr. Ted! God’s majesty! (We’ve never visited Yosemite.)

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  7. Suzanne Q. Keith says:

    Photographers come from all over the world to capture the interplay of light on the mountains, desert, and water. The natural history of the lake is described and explained in a one-mile self-guided nature trail at South Tufa. This is the best place to visit if you have time for only one stop. A boardwalk (ADA) trail below the Mono Lake County Park allows access to the north shore tufa area and wetland. A new trail links the Scenic Area Visitor Center near Lee Vining with the Old Marina area at the shore. A trail at Panum Crater leads to the dome and crater rim.

  8. kennieb says:

    What? No pictures of the bars? I have two or three from the 50’s.

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