Thursday, October 30, 2014

Travel: Yosemite National Park In Autumn - Day 2, Part 2

John Muir - Yosemite National Park, California
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We started off the afternoon in Yosemite Village. It wasn't necessarily crowded, but this had by far the largest concentration of people that we saw anywhere in the park. After a quick rest and some light refreshments we explored this area.

The first stop was the Ansel Adams Gallery. I've wanted to see this place for years, but what a disappointment! I was expecting some sort of exhibit, but this is nothing more than a store of (mostly) Ansel Adams' images. People are making big money off of the art of someone who passed away many years ago. They should have a little museum telling his story and exhibit his most memorable work. But that's not what this place is. Sad.

We made a stop at the little museum inside the visitors center. It was decent enough and the kids were entertained. We also made our way through the native-american village. The kids liked going inside the teepees. We then had lunch. 
Yosemite Girl - Yosemite National Park, California
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After that we hopped on one of the shuttle buses and rode it around to Curry Village. By this time of the day Curry Village was shaded and quite cool. Almost immediately we spotted nearby a mommy bear with a little cub. Talk about experiencing nature!

We spent about an hour looking around this area, visiting the gift shop and just being out in the forest. After that we got back on the bus towards Yosemite Village.

The shuttle dropped us off pretty much right next to our car. We loaded up and headed towards our final stops, winding down our trip.
Bears At Curry Village - Yosemite National Park, California
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I had wanted to experience sunrise at Cook's Meadow, but missed the opportunity. I didn't want to leave the park without at least stopping at this site, and I was glad to capture a couple of images. There were several photographers "camped out" for the sunset.

After that we headed to Valley View. I wasn't sure exactly where the pullout was and I accidentally past it by. I saw a crowded lot, but by the time I decided that it was the well-known Valley View site, it was too late to pull in and park. Instead, I found a pullout just beyond Fern Spring, just on the other side of the Merced River from Valley View. I then hiked through the weeds (there was a trail--sort of) very close to the famous spot. I captured a few photographs and trampled back to the car.

The final stop was Tunnel View. It was still an hour before sunset, but the light was good. After snapping a few frames I placed the camera on the tripod for one last image: a family photograph.
North Dome - Yosemite National Park, California
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We got back in the car and left the park. We had a lot of driving left and still needed to eat dinner. The kids were troopers through it all, and I think we maximized the experienced.

Yosemite National Park was just phenomenal. There wasn't much in the way of water. Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls were dry, as was Mirror Lake. The Merced River was low. Despite that, the place was filled with beauty, and amazing sites were found around every corner. It was also nice to see the park with hints of autumn colors.

I plan to return to Yosemite National Park in the spring, perhaps in mid-May. I think that trip might be a bit longer. It will be interesting to see how much different the park is in the spring. Funny thing, my five-year-old son has been asking when we'll go back to Yosemite.
Royal Arches From Curry Village - Yosemite National Park, California
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Two Bikes - Yosemite National Park, California
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Yosemite Boy - Yosemite National Park, California
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Autumn Colors - Yosemite National Park, California
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Cathedral Spires From Cook's Meadow - Yosemite National Park, California
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Half Dome From Cook's Meadow - Yosemite National Park, California
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Valley View - Yosemite National Park, California
Captured using a Nokia Lumia 1020.
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El Capitan From Valley View - Yosemite National Park, California
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Cathedral Spires From Valley View - Yosemite National Park, California
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Tunnel View - Yosemite National Park, California
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The Family - Yosemite National Park, California
ISO 500, f10, 1/125, fill-flash and tripod used, 10/20 at 5:16 PM

2 comments:

  1. Nice family shot! The background almost looks like a fake backdrop! :-) again... stunning photos! Tunnel view? Sheesh, it's amazing! Can't believe you saw bears right next to the out door auditorium in camp curry... So cool!

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    1. Thanks! Fill-flash will sometimes give that "fake" look because of the mismatched lighting.

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