“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seem to glow with life….as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures….” – John Muir
Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890 and is the Nation’s third oldest national park. Yosemite Valley, characterized by sheer walls and a flat floor is probably the world’s best known example of a glacier-carved canyon. It is a showcase of geological features such as the granite massifs El Capitan and Half Dome, El Capitan is the largest monolith of granite in the world rising 3,000 feet above the valley. There are also spectacular waterfalls like Bridalveil, Vernal and Yosemite. Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls taken together at 2,425 feet is the tallest in North America. The park ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet. Tuolumne Meadows, at 8,600 feet elevation is the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra. Yosemite also includes three groves of Giant Sequoia trees, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and Merced. The Mariposa Grove contains the largest stand of trees (about 500). The park includes nearly 1,200 square miles of western Sierra Nevada natural wonder – an area about the size of Rhode Island, and more than 4.1 million visitors annually experience Yosemite’s scenic splendor. Yosemite is a special place, and if you haven’t been there yet….it is an experience not to be missed. The images below are from my first visit in May 2008, the first of many visits I hope to make!