Photographing Yosemite National Park

In July 2013 we visited Yosemite National Park in California as part of our whirlwind tour of North America. It’s not exactly what I had in mind. It was really really crowded. I thought that we could get away from it all and reconnect with nature, but everyone else had the same idea as well.

I can’t blame them though – it is absolutely stunning. Below are photos I took during our two day stay at Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park - Tunnel View

Our first stop was Tunnel View. From this viewpoint you can see Yosemite Valley,  El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is well known for their granite cliffs.

Mirror Lake - Yosemite National Park

We took a short hike up to Mirror Lake – it definitely lives up to its name. Still water lakes are especially great for reflective shots.

Trees at Yosemite National Park

Squirrel Yosemite National Park

Sequoia Tree Yosemite National Park

We visited Mariposa Grove which has giant Sequoia trees, with two of its trees being the largest Sequoias in the world. In the past, the parks tried to prevent fires to preserve the lives of these trees but it turned out that fires actually help the Sequoias thrive.

Giant Sequoia Yosemite National Park

Me under one of the Sequoia trees. It gives you an idea of how gigantic these trees are.

Sequoia pine cone

The biggest pine cone I have ever seen. Paired it up next to Jackson’s size 11 men’s shoe.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

An amazing view of Half Dome at Yosemite. We stayed at this spot for a long while, it felt surreal looking out at this view – almost as though we were looking at an expansive painting.

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