Sierra Nevada & Yosemite

Yosemite

Geology

Valley’s greatest hits: El Capitan on the left, Bridalveil Fall on the right, the green Valley floor below, and glorious Half Dome front and center.

History

Albert Bierstadt painting — The Domes of Yosemite — private commission, 140 square foot!!!

The Hall of Fame

John Muir: A Man of the Mountains

Ansel Adams–the photographer

“La natura è il mio regno” — Ansel Adams

Other Yosemite’s Artists

Looking Down Yosemite-Valley — Albert Bierstadt, 1865

Adventure Sports

El Capitan (the Captain or Chief–in Spanish)

“Your legs feel like fried bacon after a day of climbing and descending. It’s a roller coaster ride, but no one is pulling you up the mountain. You’re headed toward Yosemite more than 4,000 feet of pounding the pedals. You are aware of every movement because your thighs feel tender with a sensation of pain. You push on, toward the final ascent into the valley. In front of you is a monster mountain-El Capitan. Your eyes grow wide. You take a deep breath. Suddenly, you feel only wonder.” ― Frosty Wooldridge

Half Dome

Clouds Rest–Olmsted Point–Tioga Road

California Bears

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls — A long flowing ribbon of 2400 feet, a three-tiered waterfall — individually the three tiers form Upper Falls (1430 feet), Middle Cascade (675 feet), and Lower Falls (320 feet)
Bridal Veil Fall- elegant 620-foot waterfall. Frequent gusts of wind fan out the waterfalls’ lower curtain, giving it the appearance of a white Lacy veil. The Ahwahnee people call it Pohono (Spirit of the Puffing Wind), as gusts often blow the fall from side to side, even lifting water back up into the air.

The Firefall

Horseshoe Fall. Photo Courtesy — Wayne Hsieh

Mariposa Grove

Bodie Ghost Town

Photo Courtesy — Praphulm, Flickr

Mono Lake

Photo Courtesy — Wiki Media

Tahoe Lake

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