Yosemite in the un-snow – day three

Yosemite National Park

Just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be another photo worth taking at Yosemite National Park, another day dawned and we were off on another hike.  Sunday’s walk was a lot less strenuous than the previous day’s uphill. We were staying on mostly flat ground. But there was a lot to see.

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My friend KJ asked me to take this photo as she was here in 1997 at the time of this devastating flood. (But shhhhh… don’t tell her I posted it on my blog!) The water rose to almost twice her height. She said they were lucky to get out when they did as their group leader didn’t seem to think the rising waters were that much of a threat. Apparently some flooding is not that uncommon in spring when the melting snow overflows the banks of the Merced River.

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I liked this view of the meadow before the sun could come around from behind the mountains.

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I mentioned that it was very difficult for me to get the exposures right on this trip. The brights were very bright and the darks were very dark. I have a lot to learn.

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Every direction I turned I could have taken ten shots. I almost envied the people who didn’t have a camera. They were able to breathe in all the beautiful sights without having to worry about how or when to take a photo!

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So many variations on the same scenes as we walked around looking at the area from different perspectives. Maybe it would have been easier to take a video!

Yosemite National ParkThere is nothing I enjoy more than a good reflection. So here are a few for your (and my) enjoyment:

Yosemite National ParkYou can see some of the early morning fog in the background… it gave the photo a rather mysterious quality. Half dome on the left.

Below is another marker for the Yosemite floods. As you can see, 1997 was by far the worst flood in recent history.

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This scene of the peaceful Merced River looks very autumnal. At this time of year everything should be covered in snow.

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Campsites in the trees. Camping at Yosemite is a wonderful experience. But these days I am happier staying in a hotel room with my own bathroom… and flat screen TV!

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One of the many bear-proof trash cans we encountered in the park… well, I doubt anything is truly bear-proof for a hungry omniverous bear but it helps. You don’t want to be hiking around with a steak in your backpack, that’s for sure!

I’ll leave you with one last photo for today. My final post on Yosemite, coming up soon, will talk a little more about the history of the area and founding of the park.

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14 thoughts on “Yosemite in the un-snow – day three

  1. smilecalm March 8, 2015 / 11:33 am

    looks naturally peaceful
    & relatively uncrowded 🙂

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    • RMW March 8, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      In fact it was pretty crowded as it was the Presidents’ holiday and Valentine’s Day…. I managed to shoot around the people and sometimes above their heads! But despite that it was/is a very peaceful place indeed.

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  2. Jill Weatherholt March 8, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Wow, these are incredible photos, Roslyn! I do love the reflections shots as well. Thank you so much for sharing your trip.

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    • RMW March 8, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks Jill… half the fun is sharing!

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  3. Lucia March 8, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    One day I’ll make it to Yosemite!

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    • RMW March 8, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Pack your bags, don’t wait!!!

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      • Lucia March 9, 2015 / 11:18 am

        I’m in South America right now, but I’ll make it to Yosemite soon I hope!

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  4. markbialczak March 8, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I would not want to be around when the melt runs down the mountains and the flood waters rise, Ros! That’s a pretty high measuring stick.

    Your photographs of Yosemite are something to marvel. And treasure. The brights should be bright and the darks should be dark when Mother Nature has created a beauty such as that. I think your work reflects rather well on your talent level, my friend.

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    • RMW March 8, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Well, thank you Mark. I always strive to be better!

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  5. anotherday2paradise March 8, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Fantastic photos, Roslyn. I’m so glad you weren’t one of those people with no camera. 🙂 That flood water in 1997 must have been absolutely incredible!

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    • RMW March 8, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks. For several years I gave up photography completely and now i regret not having a record of some of my travels. Never again!

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  6. Maria F. May 2, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Heavenly, thanks so much for sharing this exquisite treasure!

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    • RMW May 3, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks Maria, I was so happy I was able to see it.

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