Yosemite is one of the world's most beautiful places. Yosemite Valley is simply a dreamworld-- a 7 mile long valley of granite walls that soar and waterfalls that roar. Deer, black bear, squirrels; ravens and rock climbers; hikers, photographers and tourists all frolic under quick clouds and dancing rainbows, side by side with the rushing waters of the Merced River.
In many ways Yosemite is a copy cat park. Lines of photographers and tripods are set up at the iconic locations of Valley View, Tunnel View, Swinging Bridge, El Capitan Meadow, the Mist Trail, etc... It's kinda like walking in the footsteps of the giants-- Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, et al...-- while bumping into your peers along the way. It's a beautiful walk and one that was oh so rewarding. Especially considering all of the experiences were new to me. So in that way, these images are little unique moments in time, light and space. And I hope they touch on something universal.
Looking back at the eight or nine days that I spent in the valley, I see now that the journey was a magnificent chance to refine my craft along the well worn Yosemite path. I am so happy I did.
I've also added a few photographs from California public lands that I encountered along the way. I hope you enjoy this gallery full of California love.
Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls
Walking the Valley Floor
Bridal Veil Falls
The Bridal Veil
Fly the Flag
Clouds Clear (Things Change)
A Moment of Zen
Starry Night and Yosemite Flow
Rainy Day in Merced Grove
On the Way to El Capitan
Sun Rays in the Mist of Grizzly Falls
A Walk in the Alabama Hills
Waiting for a Western
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