Landscapes,  National Parks,  Nature,  Travel

Yosemite – Nature at its Best

Yosemite - Mountain View from Sentinel Dome

Mountain Sunset from Sentinel Dome
Many photographers consider Yosemite National Park one of the best locations in the world to photograph landscapes.  I visited Yosemite for the first time this past May.  I was captivated by its beauty. 
Yosemite is a chance to see nature at its best.  Yosemite offers beautiful mountain vistas, numerous waterfalls, rushing streams and rivers, and beautiful dogwood blossoms.  In early May, the dogwoods were in full bloom.

Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View
A view of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View
Yosemite also has numerous trails to hike to photograph intimate landscapes and macro photographs.  The trails around Happy Isles are one of my favorites.  At Happy Isles, I found Dogwood blossoms, rushing rivers, mountain streams, wildflowers, and more.
Yosemite - Dogwood Bloom at Happy Isles
Dogwood Bloom at Happy Isles
The views from Sentinel Dome can also be spectacular.  It is about a 1.2 mile hike to the top of Sentinel Dome.  Sentinel Dome is the second highest viewpoint in Yosemite Valley with the summit at 8,122 feet.  At the top, you are treated to a 360 degree view of the park.  There is a 360 degree monument at the top that identifies all the peaks and monument around you.
Yosemite - Super Moon from Sentinel Dome
Super Moon from Sentinel Dome 
Visit the Yosemite Gallery on my website to see more of my photographs of Yosemite.
Below are a couple of quotes attesting to the beauty of Yosemite.
“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
– Ansel Adams
After camping in Yosemite National Park: "It was like lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hand of man."
– Theodore Roosevelt
See more of my photography in my photo gallery.
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