Yosemite: a landscape photographer's paradise made famous by Ansel Adams. The views are ...well... there aren't enough adjectives to describe them. All I know is I had fun. Like no other place I've been, the time of day, weather conditions, and the light can make the mood and the color of the scene completely different. Weather also resulted in something largely missing from our time in Yosemite, and that was waterfalls. This summer Yosemite had only one rain event of over one hour in duration from June through mid-October (after which they had sufficient rainfall to put water back in Yosemite Falls--we missed it by two days). The long California drought is also causing other notable changes in the park and surrounding areas. Pines trees are dying at an alarming rate. We were amazed at the number of dead trees in Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite National Park is the third oldest national park in the U.S. (Yellowstone and Sequoia are older). It is most well known and recognized by the glacially-carved valley and soaring granite cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome. The high Sierra and Sequoia groves are two other examples of Yosemite's grandeur. One could spend weeks hiking its hundreds of miles of trails. Each of the four seasons bring something different to make the park spectacular. I can't wait to go back.