California: Beautiful Yosemite National Park

Yosemite's Granite Mountains

Yosemite’s Granite Mountains

Granite Boulders on Mountaintop

Granite Boulders on Mountaintop

Tree Growing in Crack of Rock (Half Dome in Background)

Tree Growing in Crack of Rock (Half Dome in Background)

Ancient Stunted Juniper Tree

Ancient Stunted Juniper Tree

Deer at Tuolumne Meadows

Deer at Tuolumne Meadows

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

Yosemite Fall Color

Yosemite Fall Color

Vintage Firefall Postcards

Vintage Firefall Postcards

Yosemite National Park is one of our country’s oldest and most beautiful parks.  Its 1,200 square mile wilderness is famous for soaring granite mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and giant sequoias.  Glaciers shaped and polished the granite rocks long ago.  This park is a real treasure – it is one of our nation’s best! 

Summer visitors at Yosemite between 1872-1968 watched the dramatic Firefall Show at Camp Curry every evening.  A fiery “waterfall” was created by slowly and continuously pushing glowing wood embers off Glacier Point to the valley below.  The experience of watching that flowing river of fire while listening to the Indian Love Call song was unforgettable!  Even President Kennedy came by to watch.  Visitor remembrances of the Firefall are at:  http://firefall.info/readers.html.   A fun show about the Firefall by Huell Howser on “California’s Gold” is at:  http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/1996/01/08/firewall-californias-gold-706/  Info about visiting Yosemite is at:   http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

10 Responses to California: Beautiful Yosemite National Park

  1. elisaruland says:

    Thanks for taking me to Yosemite, Pam. Your pictures are wonderful and that little ground squirrel is the cutest thing I’ve seen since Chip and Dale!

  2. I haven’t been to Yosemite in a long time. Thanks for the beautiful photo reminder. ~James

  3. Great job with both the landscape as well as the wildlife photos. I have been to Yosemite on numerous occasions, but have not been since taking up photography. Sounds like a road trip may be in order 🙂

    • Pam says:

      Oh – what a wonderful road trip! First Yosemite – then up and over the Sierras to Mono Lake, and then south to Mammoth Lakes and Bristlecone Pine forest. One of our all-time favorite trips!

  4. Uneven Tread says:

    I still have never been to Yosemite. It’s a huge dream of mine to visit there. Your photos are making me want to go right this instant.
    Gorgeous.

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