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Yosemite: Day Hikes, Domes, and (Really) Huge Trees
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Yosemite: Day Hikes, Domes, and (Really) Huge Trees

Seems that I got a bit out of order in chronology of my posts.  Here I am telling you about the things that I just finished knitting, but I didn’t tell you WHERE I was knitting them… so, allow me to back track and share last month’s trip to California.

We had planned this trip for months – it was the first big “together” trip for my family since our family has grown by marriage and babies. Along with my youngest sister Sarah and her husband, Andrew, we decided to visit Yosemite National Park first, and then rendezvous with everyone several days later in Lake Tahoe. Extension to Yosemite was worth every second. As you know, Kris and I love hiking and photography, and Yosemite is a paradise for both.

El Capitan

Half Dome B/W

We stayed outside the southern entrance to the Park; each day we drove in with plans to hike new trails.  We technically hit the Park in its off-season, so the crowds were down.  That was a nice perk on many of the trails and in-roads so we could take our time and stop whenever we pleased.  Kris and I should have made a sticker for the back of our rental car: Vehicle Makes Frequent Stops to Photograph.  Our feet were the best mode of transportation though – with the vast trail system, we were out and about every single day.

Sunlight over Domes
Mist Trail to Vernal Falls

Glacial Domes

We hiked with all of our camera equipment, which made the hike a little heavier, but worth the effort after seeing the processed photos.  Long exposures, HDR, and macro photography – all things that I had the time to play with and the scenes to shoot.  If we had had more time and the appropriate gear, I would have jumped at the chance to do some back country camping and backpacking.  However, this trip focused on the highlights – Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa (Giant Sequoia) Grove, the various falls, Tuolumne Meadows, and the glacial lakes.  Maybe next time on the backpacking?

Olmstead Point

Tioga Pass Lake


[Full Set of Yosemite Photos on Flickr]

Since we took over 20 gigs of photos in the Park, I have many more to add to this photo set… it takes time to go through them all!  As you can see, we had beautiful weather and clear skies – a perfect combination for memorable hikes and photographs.

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12 Responses

  1. Ühltje

    I was already wondering if I had missed the blog post about your trip. The photographs are stunning!

  2. woolcat

    I’ve been reading the journals of John Muir recently for one of my classes (this one is History of Gilded Age America) – seeing your photos, I understand the man so much better! It is truly spectacular. Now I want to visit! Your pictures are just beautiful – nice work!

  3. Magrit

    I feel jealous …. :)
    Love photo with mirror-like…. and clouds, colors. Feels crips, but attractive.

  4. Mandy

    I love it! I want to go to all the places!

  5. Seanna Lea

    Those are gorgeous photos. I love seeing how tiny you and Kris are next to the sequoia. Wonderful.

  6. Heather

    Fantastic photos. I loved, loved, loved the trip my parents and I took to Yosemite when I was younger. I think it was the first “nature” trip we took, and Yosemite holds a very special place in my heart to this day. And there is nothing like being in a Sequoia grove. We visited Muir Woods on the same trip, I believe, and I will never forget that, either.

  7. Josiane

    You’ve got some stunning pictures, there. Wow!

  8. Sarah

    Lolly, that B&W shot of Half Dome is just incredible!

  9. Jennifer

    Wow. I am amazed at these photographs. How do you capture such rich colors? I’ve only recently been taking my photos in manual mode, but even when I was in the mountains outside Asheville recently, I could not come close to capturing the colors. Any advice? The last photo on this post in particular is stunning in color and clarity.

  10. GinkgoKnits

    Given your love of Yosemite, you should check out the art of Chiura Obata. Your photo of the rainstorm strongly reminds me of his work.

  11. pip

    Wow… your photos are amazing!!

  12. andrea

    gorgeous pics, just gorgeous.

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