Monday, May 10, 2010

Yosemite—My World

Everyone has seen the icons of Yosemite, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan.  There is more to this place.  In early spring the dogwood blooms under the towering pines and cedars.

At Bridal Veil Falls, turn your back to that beauty and look to the east shoulder of El Capitan.  There you will see Horse Tail Fall only during spring run off.

At the same place, look to your left to see what is actually the tallest fall in Yosemite.  Since Ribbon Fall only flows in spring it doesn’t get that honor officially.

It’s ok to be inspired by Yosemite Falls but don’t overlook the majestic cliffs to the right.

Pull your eyes from Half Dome and appreciate the other domes above the Valley.

Don’t forget the meadows.  This view to the west was one I especially appreciated.  Usually there is so much air pollution  coming into the valley from the San Joaquin that the sky and granite are washed with a gray haze.

Don’t be like me, always rushing around to see the next view, get the next picture.  Emulate this woman and her dog, just enjoy being in the place, in the moment.  Enjoy the grandeur and the peace of Yosemite.

map Find more views of our wonderful world at My World Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

26 comments:

Barb said...

Martha, You visited Yosemite at a magical time and were graced with perfect weather. Those spring falls are a sight! It's snowing today in Breckenridge. We leave tomorrow - CA or Bust! See you soon.

Sylvia K said...

A magical time indeed!! I do love those spring falls! Haven't been there in such a long time! Would love to have another opportunity! Thanks for the wonderful tour! Have a lovely week!

Sylvia

Diane AZ said...

Looks like you were there at a beautiful time of year. Fantastic pics! I love the dogwoods, the majestic cliffs, the meadow and the woman with dog.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful tour of the place with a 360 degree view. The water falls and cliffs are beautiful.

Noelle said...

Oh Martha,

This was one of my favorite vacation destinations as a child. I have been wanting to return to bring my husband someday.

SandyCarlson said...

Utterly gorgeous doesn't say enough about these photos. Thanks for sharing.

ewok1993 said...

that meadow in spring is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. it's green and full of life and a little misty from the falls. i love yosemite and this post reminded me that i haven't done my yearly trek to see it yet.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love that place! And, I was just there in late March and am longing to return all ready...I would love to see the dogwoods in bloom, something I haven't seen in the past. I am sure the falls are even more thunderous now than when I was there...and, they were very amazing then. You really got good shots of North Dome and Washington Column with a rich blue sky above. Beautiful, Martha!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful post Martha -- I'm glad you did rush around so that you could share all of those views with us; but maybe next time you go you can be more like the lady in your picture! You could just show us the same pictures again -- I'd never get tired of them.

We were lucky to go to Yosemite in April one year so that we could see Ribbon Falls. Spring is definitely the time to go there.

caughtbymycamera said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. I'll probably won't make it to Yosemite.

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for sharing this great place of your country, I wouldn't be able to see else.
Please have a wonderful Tuesday you all.

daily athens

Ebie said...

You chose the perfect time to visit! So many interesting beauties to see. Your header shot is gorgeous!

mountain.mama said...

Wonderful pictures of magnificent views so much better to be seen in person, I'm sure! I've only been there once in the midst of summer madness, would love to see it when you did.

JOE TODD said...

Lovely post. I have only ben there the one time I hope some day to make it back

Gaelyn said...

Thank you for sharing some of the little seen scenes at Yosemite. It's like I was there with you sitting on the bank absorbing the views.

ladyfi said...

Yosemite is full of magic and wonder. Thanks for the great tour.

luna miranda said...

oh, they're majestic! i would be speechless in-front of these magnificent rocks.

EG Wow said...

What a great place! And you're right, there's lots of variety to see there!

Regina said...

Totally breathtaking!
Thank you for sharing Martha. Never been here yet.

Regards. Have a great week.

eileeninmd said...

Yosemite is a gorgeous park. Your photos are fantastic.

wncmountainliving said...

I would think spring would be a lovely time to be there. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!

Spiderdama said...

OH, I love this place! So fantastic natur and mountain! I must come over some day:-) You photos are wonderful of course.

Eden said...

Beautiful set of pictures. I love the place. It is so beautiful. Great captures.Thank you for sharing

katney said...

Anticipation!

zeal4adventure said...

Thanks for the tour. The meadow is just magical. Been to Yosemite once on my 30th birthday. Had a splendid time. Thanks for the memories.

Linnea W said...

I'm headed to Yosemite on Friday. Can't wait. These are gorgeous shots. I love how you framed them.