Monday, June 14, 2010

Yosemite, again--My World

Last month, when we went to Yosemite, we were unable to get to Glacier Point, the road was closed.  We made a quick return visit last week and it was well worth the trip.  
The sky was clear and there was still plenty of snow in the high country, the view from Glacier point spectacular!
A ranger had a spotting scope trained on Half Dome where a group of climbers was heading towards the summit.  I was barely able to pick them out with my camera.
Vernal Fall
Yosemite was experiencing the highest river flows in 25 years.  Compare this shot with one I took at a similar location last fall.
Nevada Fall
Run off peaked the day we arrived. 
Staircase Falls
This gem cascades down the cliff below Glacier Point, I haven't seen it in years.
Woe to the careless person who falls into these raging waters below Vernal Fall.
Down near the Lodge the water was calmer but flooding was evident.
My favorite viewpoint is "Valley View".  Here, looking east,  you can see both El Capitan and Bridal Veil Fall with the Merced River flowing in the foreground.  You can only reach this spot on the way out of the valley, which for us is usually in the morning.   I got Hubby to make a detour one afternoon so that we could get photographs with the sun behind us.

See more views of the world at That's my World!  hosted for us each week by
Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

33 comments:

Barb said...

Martha - I enlarged every photo. Fabulous shots! I felt as though I was there with you. Those falls are spectacular.

Sylvia K said...

These are incredible captures, Martha -- as always! The falls are spectacular indeed! Such lovely memories of my visits there years ago. So much breathtaking beauty! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Ramosforest.Environment said...

Yosemite, climbers, Nature.
Beautiful.
Luiz Ramos

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and very scenic place. Love each of those falls.

maryt/theteach said...

Marvelous views, Martha! :)

SandyCarlson said...

A big world. So beautiful and vast. The water shots are so inviting.

Benikos place said...

Unbelieveable nature photos!!

▒▓█► JOTA ENE said...

Beautiful pictures

Jedediah said...

Yosemite is one of my favourite places in the world. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos. I don't think anyone could pay me enough to climb Half Dome...

mountain.mama said...

These are really spectacular shots! So, Alaska next month? Where? I don't know but I suspect there will be wildflowers by then.

ewok1993 said...

Oh I haven't been to Yosemite this year. I wonder if I'm too late for the waterfalls.

Gorgeous shots - but it's Yosemite - one cannot make Yosemite anything other than beautiful, even blurry shots of Yosemite are beautiful, doncha think?

Carver said...

What a stunning sequence of shots. I think it would be so amazing to climb on the rock faces.

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Yosemite is a great place - I am happy to have been there - 29 years ago - where have all the years gone ;)
Your photos are spectacular!

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EG Wow said...

Yosemite is a beautiful place and the falls do look heavy with water. Glad you went back to take these great photos!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Martha: So those ants were climbers, I would never do that. You got some great shots of the park.

ρομπερτ said...

...sigh...makes one happy to see that there still is such beauty left to be discovered. It surely must be a great country to live. Please have a wonderful Tuesday.

daily athens

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very pretty and dramatic shots. Yosemite is on my bucket list. I may have to move it up or two notches on the list now.

mountain.mama said...

I loved the Kenai Peninsula and will have pics of there as well. Seward and Valdez are particularly beautiful. How will you be getting around the interior?

Diane AZ said...

That must have been exciting to see all that water there! All of your images are gorgeous, I especially love the last one, it's like a picture postcard.

Regina said...

Breathtaking Yosemite! Love the refreshing fall and the amazing valley view. Thank you for taking us there Martha.

Luna Miranda said...

spectacular photos. i love your shots of the waterfalls. this place is a paradise.

Gaelyn said...

Ah, the power of water. It is well displayed in your images. Such magnificent waterfalls. Another blogger I follow has also been posting the high flow at Yosemite. Amazing! I can't believe I've never been there. Am adding to my list for a possible fall road trip. Sure glad you went back.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Wow! these are amazing photos! & I like the one with the rock climbers. It's really incredible how people can climb like that.

Linda Reeder said...

Yosemite is an amazing place! Great photos!

Arija said...

Oh Martha. what a wonderful world you present to us. Just my kind of place.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

WOW!!! Was that ever worth a return visit! Just stunning views and photos, every one. I'd love to go back to Yosemite sometime. This seems like definitely the time of year to be there.

Pat said...

Photos 1 and 8 look like paintings, they are so perfectly beautiful. Wonderful captures of one of my favorite destinations! I have fond memories of climbing up to Vernal Falls in 2002 when our boys were 9,11 and 13. It is so gorgeous. It's hard to find a place in Yosemite that's not gorgeous!

fredamans said...

You live in a beautiful area! I'm totally jealous!

Great shots!

Lucka said...

Absolutely amazing, Martha! Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

God it's just so gorgeous up there. I can't believe there is still some snow up there.

Mark Kreider said...

Amazing, beautiful photos! There is a majesty here that is rare to the rest of us.

once in a blue moon... said...

so gorgeous, with all the late rains no wonder it was extra spectacular!

Eden said...

What a beautiful place! Great photos. Thanks for sharing, Martha!