Yosemite Valley and the whole park is a wonderful and beautiful place. During peak season it can be busy, but off-peak you can gain the experience of enjoying the park without the crowds. We camped in Yosemite in early March while on our two-month move to Oregon form North Carolina. Only the valley and a few other areas of the park were open and there was plenty of room to park at most places. One loop of the campground at Half Dome Village was open and it had snowed the day before. We had a good time will not too many people to deal with trying to get to parking places and trailheads. The location of our campground next to Half Dome Village was convenient to several trails so we could just leave from our campsite. This was my second visit to the park and Jackson’s first. The park was more beautiful from what I remembered 40 years ago and I was glad to be visiting there at a different time of year than my last visit.
Here are the descriptions and titles of the photographs in my Yosemite National Park Gallery:
El Capitan & Half Dome
Here we have a classic B&W scene of Yosemite Valley featuring El Capitan and Half Dome. Climbers have been climbing these cliffs and long as photographers have been setting this scene to plate, film, and digital formats. How can one not stop at the Tunnel Viewpoint on the Wawona Road to take in the awe of this landscape?
Smokey Yosemite Valley
This is another scene from the Tunnel Viewpoint on a different day. The park service was conduction a controlled burn casting a bluish haze in the valley.
Half Dome Vista
We decided to hike from our site in the campground at Half Dome Village on the Mirror Lake Trail along Tenaya Creek to the lake. It was late afternoon and even though it is early in the season for the park there were quite a few people on the trail. We had a great hike with beautiful views. This was one of them.
Yosemite Campside Evening
Down in the valley evening sky and the play of sunlight on the face of Half Dome add to the awe of staying in Yosemite Valley. Visiting during the off season can give you the fell of experiencing the park on your own and one can seek to solitary places if they wish.
Bridal Veil Falls (my original view)
Forty years ago I photographed this waterfall from this very spot; I still have the negative from that photograph although it is in North Carolina right now. I was just in my 20s and in awe of the park. I was at one of my photography related jobs on an eight month assignment in the Los Angeles area back in the late 1970s.
Bridal Veil Rainbow
When we were at the Tunnel Viewpoint we just happened to be there when Bridal Veil Falls displays its
Bridal Veil Original between 5 and 6 p.m. during spring. I am sure the time is different other seasons of the year.
Bridal Veil Falls on Ice
A short hike from the trailhead will take you up to a closer vista of the waterfall. There is a lot of ice from the splash of the falls on the rock face with a little snow thrown from a snow a few days previously.
I hope to return to Yosemite this year, time will tell. I do hope you enjoy these photographs.