I’ve ticked another place off my bucket list, and Yosemite was as stunningly beautiful as I’d imagined. We had read many times to expect queues of up to 3 hours to get in, but we went on 3 consecutive days and didn’t spend more than 10 minutes queuing each time.
From rivers tumbling over boulders to vast meadows.
Endless vistas from up high, and a giant dog in the distance with the face of a baboon on the side of its head. It was the ‘baboon’ that I saw first and it wasn’t until I looked at this image that I saw the shaggy dog. I’ve obviously been conditioned to see African animals !
California has many tree trunks that are devoid of any foliage due to having been burned.
I can never resist a bit of intentional camera movement when photographing trees 🙂
I also find tree bark really interesting. This tree had been partially burned.
The smell of the wood from the trees everywhere filled the air, and this tree deserved a hug !
There are some beautiful waterfalls in Yosemite.
Another beautiful meadow with a dramatic background.
And this is the breathtaking ‘El Capitan’ with me at the bottom to give you an idea of scale. If you haven’t seen the documentary ‘Free solo’ it’s worth a watch. Climber Alex Honnold scaled the 3200-foot high rock without a rope!!
Finally, some images of the mighty Redwoods and Sequoias – they really have to be seen to believe the height of them. Unfortunately due to my wide lens having been stolen I couldn’t capture them as I would have liked.
I was able to get back far enough from these. Note the people at the bottom!
Below is the tree that a small car can drive through.
Below is the sequoia called the Grizzly Giant. It’s estimated to be 1900–2400 years old and is the oldest in the Grove.
More trees blackened by fire but still surviving.
As I was walking along this track it took me far too long to work out that there are two trees here 🙂
And to finish off, I photographed a section of a tree and enhanced the colours.