Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yosemite National Park In May - Part 3: Curry Village & Tunnel View

Curry Meadow - Yosemite National Park, California

We arrived in Curry Village about one hour before check-in time for our cabin. I thought that, perhaps, they might give us the keys a bit early. After standing in line for 20 minutes, I was informed that I would have to wait 40 minutes until the actual check-in time to get the keys.

Instead of sitting around, we decided to unload the bikes for the two older kids and go for a stroll (with the youngest child in a stroller) through the area around Curry Village. We made our way past some trees, across a road, through a meadow, past some more trees, and to the Merced River near the Sugar Pine Bridge.

This area was incredibly beautiful and provided me with plenty of photographic opportunities. It was a great place to see North Dome, Royal Arches, Washington Column, Half Dome and Glacier Point--these are iconic sites within Yosemite Nation Park. 
Yosemite Forest - Yosemite National Park, California
Enough time had past that after our adventure was complete we were able to get the keys to the cabin. After unloading all of our stuff and settling in, we headed over to the Curry Village Pizza Patio for dinner. The food was good--we were hungry so we thoroughly enjoyed it.

The cabin turned out to be a great choice for accommodations. The beds were reasonably comfortable. The heater in the cabin kept us warm even though it was a cold night. The shared bathrooms were large, clean, never crowded and they were close by. We had no problems with noise from other campers--it felt private and peaceful.

Of course, staying in the park and especially right in Curry Village is a huge plus. We've stayed outside of the park before and the one-hour commute to Yosemite Valley is time wasted. I definitely recommend, if you can, pay the extra money and sleep somewhere inside of the park.
Friendly Squirrel - Yosemite National Park, California
Just before sunset we headed out to Tunnel View along Wawona Road. I wanted to capture the park right after sunset from that vantage point. I set up the camera on a tripod and exposed some frames. While there, I talked to a photographer (sorry, I don't remember his name) who was on a nine-month journey to visit every national park in America. He had spent almost three weeks in Yosemite. That would be an amazing trip!

After finishing up at Tunnel View we returned to our cabin. This completed the first day of our Yosemite National Park weekend vacation. With everything we had seen and done, it seemed like much longer than a single day. But we still had another day to go!

The lighting was much better for photography during this part of the trip than in the other two posts. I think that there is something especially magical about Yosemite National Park in the evening light (even more so than in the morning light). Once again, the gear I used was a Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro lens attached to the front of it. This just proves that you don't need to spend a lot of money on gear to create great photographs.

Part 4
Half Dome Reflection - Yosemite National Park, California
Royal Arch & North Dome - Yosemite National Park, California
Glacier Point Infrared - Yosemite National Park
Washington Column Infrared - Yosemite National Park, California
North Dome & Washington Column - Yosemite National Park, California
Half Dome From Curry Village - Yosemite National Park, California
Young Bike Riders - Yosemite National Park, California
Dogwood Bloom - Yosemite National Park, California
Tunnel View Monochrome - Yosemite National Park, California

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