Yosemite National Park is one of the world's most beautiful places. Yosemite Valley is simply a dreamworld-- a 7 mile valley of granite walls that soar and waterfalls that roar. Deer, black bear, and squirrels; ravens and rock climbers; hikers, photographers and tourists all frolic under quick moving clouds and dancing rainbows, side by side with the rushing waters of the Merced River.
Some see Yosemite as 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... I see it as an opportunity to walk 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 so rewarding for me. Especially considering that all of the experiences were new to me. So in that way, these images-- while coming from a well photographed location--are unique moments in time, light and space. And I hope they touch on something universal.
Looking back at the three trips that I made to 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-- Sequoia NP, Kings Canyon NP, Death Valley NP, Bishop and the Sonoma Coast. I hope you enjoy this gallery of California love.
© Light Source Photography by Lee Scott