6 days ago

Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

It is a popular destination for hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, deer, coyotes, and bighorn sheep. #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #hiking #camping #fishing #nationalpark

Yosemite National Park is a popular destination for hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, deer, coyotes, and bighorn sheep. #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite#hiking #camping #fishing #nationalpark

Here's another picture I took in Yosemite last Monday, May 15. I had two trip goals: 1) waterfall reflection shots, and 2) dogwood shots. I only had partial success in these, so may go back this week. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark

A picture of Yosemite Falls in late spring with a reflection from the partially-flooded valley floor. Taken May 15th, 2023.

I finally got around to processing some of my Monday (5/15/23) trip photos.

Here's one taken from a spot I stumbled on about 8 years ago.
Dogwoods trees and blossoms on the right, El Capitan top center, the Merced River bottom center/left, and Ribbon Falls upper left. Tap on image for higher-res view.

Ribbon falls almost stole the show with its sun illumination, at least when viewing in person with my eyes. I tried to capture it and the other elements as best I could. Thankfully, I got some shade from a passing cloud which softened the lighting. Sony A7R5, 24-70mm II at 24mm and f/11, 1/40 sec, ISO 50 to extend the shutter time in order to try to get a bit of water motion blur. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark

A photograph taken in Yosemite National Park on 5/15/2023. Scene contains a flowing bend of the Merced River + foreground dogwood tree with white  blossoms + El Capitan in the background + Ribbon Falls in the top-left background.
1 month ago

#YosemiteNationalPark CLOSING Friday April 28th due to flooding. Per the park: "Most of Yosemite Valley will close starting Friday, April 28, at 10 pm, due to a forecast of flooding. This closure will last until Wednesday, May 3—possibly longer. Additional flooding and closures may occur later in May or June. (1/4)" #NPS #NationalPark #Yosemite

Evan Wexler
2 months ago

Golden Glow

🗺️ - In Yosemite National Park, you are on Western Sierra and Miwok land. #FindYourPark
📸 - shot on a #sonya7riv, with a 50 mm lens. Edited in #Lightroom.
📍 - #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark
🖼 - #landscape #photography #California

Evan Wexler
2 months ago


🗺 - In @yosemitenps, you are on Sierra Miwok land. #FindYourPark
📸 - shot on a #sonya7riv, ISO 1000, f1.5 20 secs. Edited in #Lightroom.
📍 #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #california #californiaphotographer #californiaphotography #yosemitevalley #photograghy #astrophotography

Brandon J. Brown
3 months ago

I’m never going to get over these moments that matter. This obviously isn’t in Milwaukee - but Anthony and Emily are from here - we all flew out to Yosemite together (my wife came too - and it’s a good thing She was their witness on their marriage license!).

#yosemitenationalpark #taftpoint #yosemiteweddingphotographer #yosemitewedding #roostmke #roostphotography #weddingphotography #milwaukeeweddingphotographer
#teamnikon #photography #yosemiteelopement

Bridalveil Falls Late Winter

Looking across the valley is this beautiful view of Bridalveil Falls. The falls are flowing but slower than one might expect as the snow that feeds the creeks and streams above the falls needs some warmth to melt to start the flow. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #BridalveilFallsLateWinter #BridalveilFalls #Waterfall #YosemiteNationalPark #Nature #Winter

Bridalveil Falls Late Winter

Bridalveil Falls is one of the many main attractions of Yosemite Valley. This image was captured from across the Merced River at the Hanging Valley View Point. 
The waterfall is flowing but slower than you might expect as a cold spell has gone through the valley and the snow is not melting as fast as normal. Behind the waterfall the rock is grey in the areas where the falls flow at full strength. 
Both sides of the waterfall are framed by steep cliffs that form part of the valley. The granite color of these cliffs are a rich brown. There is still a dusting of snow in the upper right hand of the image. 
The sky above the valley walls is broken clouds that appear menacing.
Lost Cabin Press
3 months ago

#MastoArt #Painting #nationalpark #YosemiteNationalPark #wildfire #Fire
Fire in the Valley - Yosemite National Park - Fuego en el valle - Feu dans la vallée - Feuer im Tal - Incendio in Valle - 谷の火 - Brand in de vallei - Ke ahi ma ke awawa

In the beautiful Yosemite Valley a wildfire is burning bright and furiously across the sky outlining the towering granite walls of the valley while in the far corner of the granite towers a singular ribbon of a waterfall cascades on the walls lite by the burning embers.

Upper Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls in California is the tallest waterfall in North America and it is such a beautiful sight. I love to sit out in the meadow near the Merced River and just immerse myself in the beauty all around.
Just sit and tune into your senses. Listen to the river behind you, the falls in the distance, and the birds singing to each other. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #YosemiteFalls #Yosemite #YosemiteNationalPark

Upper Yosemite Falls

This is an image of Yosemite Falls. To be more exact, this is an image of Upper Yosemite Falls. The falls from top to bottom drop roughly 2400 ft and the section of the falls seen in this image is around 1400 ft. 
The sky at the top of the image is a deep blue and the granite cliffs on both sides of the fall are a deep rich brown.

Yosemite Falls In the Summer

My favorite place on the Planet, Yosemite National Park. One thing I don't normally go there is in the middle of summer.
The crowds were horrendous. But I understand why. The park was absolutely gorgeous. Temps were mid 70's, the falls were still flowing strong and people are rafting on the Merced River. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #SpringIntoArt #YosemiteFalls #YosemiteNationalPark

Yosemite Falls In the Summer

Captured from the Swinging Bridge over the middle of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. The river flowing under the bridge has a pretty good strong current for this time of year. This can be seen in the river as the water appears to boil. 
There is a raft on the river in the bottom right. The trees are about as green as I have ever seen them. They line both sides of the river.
Above the trees you can see across the valley. Mid frame is the beautiful Yosemite Falls. The falls still have a good flow to them as the previous winter was a good one that left plenty of snow in the high country.

Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls, the centerpiece of Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.
I captured this image while hiking up to Vernal Falls. Midway up the trail there is a clearing where you can look back and see the upper portion of Yosemite Falls and in the foreground is Glacier Point. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #GlacierPointandYosemiteFalls #Yosemite #YosemiteFalls #GlacierPoint #YosemiteNationalPark

Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls

This image of Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls was captured with black and white in mind to highlight the detail of the rocks and granite faces of Yosemite Valley.
The top of a tall pine tree is the first object in the frame in the lower left corner.  Behind the tree the sloped face of Glacier Point juts across the image diagonally essentially cutting through frame from left to right, top to bottom. 
Behind Glacier point on the far side of the valley is Upper Yosemite Falls flowing strong. The falls are framed by the steep cliffs that make up the walls of Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Falls in Black and White III

I could sit for hours watching this waterfall and listening to the powerful force of water as it drops and cascades of the mountain.
Pictured here is Yosemite Falls and the main hiking trail that takes you up to the base of the falls.
I captured this in the winter when I had the falls all to myself. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #YosemiteFallsinBlackandWhiteIII #YosemiteFalls #YosemiteNationalPark

Yosemite Falls in lack and White III

As the tittle states, this is a black and white photo taken early morning in the winter. The walkway up to the base of the falls is empty as the weather is keeping folks away.
The trail is lined on both sides with Douglass Fir and Cedars. 
The waterfall drops over a large cliff in the walls of Yosemite Valley before it hits the middle section and cascades to the final drop. 
Snow clings to the face of the falls and branches of the trees

Firefall is a relative newly discovered phenomenon discovered in Yosemite National Park not to be confused with the old firefall that was manmade.
This is a tough shot to get and some years it doesn't happen.
This is Horsetail Falls. In February, for roughly 10 days, the sun comes into alignment and reflects off of the rocks to create this phenom. See the full image here: #Firefall #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #HorsetailFalls #YosemiteNationalPark


Otherwise known as Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Valley. 
In this image I have captured the waterfall during February when the sun is in the position to create what is known as Firefall. 
The sun as it sets across the valley narrows through a gap that focuses the sun vertically on the wall of El Capitan at the exact point where Horsetail Falls drops. The sun reflects of the rock and water to give the appearance of lava flowing down the cliff.

Wildcat Falls In Color
Wildcat Falls is a small waterfall by Yosemite standards. This fall would be considered large in most places as it falls 630 feet. The problem is that most of the fall is hidden and obscured by trees alongside the granite cliff that the water cascades down.
This waterfall is hidden and visited often, making it one of my favorites: See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #WilcatFallsInColor #WildcatFalls #YosemiteNationalPark

Wildcat Falls In Color

One of my favorite waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. 
The foreground in this image shows the pool of the waterfall. The water hits the pool and fans out over brown rocks in the stream bed. 
To the left of the falls is a steep forested area with rich brown soil. To the right of the falls is a cliff that is to steep to hold any visible plant life. 
The waterfall comes in at the top left of the image and cascades down large rocks and boulders as it fans out over the lower midsection of the image. It all comes back around as it spills into the pool below. 
I used a slower shutter on this image to create a silky look to the water as it falls.

Portrait Of Yosemite Falls

One thing that you may never see during the summer daylight hours at Yosemite Falls is an empty hiking path that makes it's way up to the base of Yosemite Falls.
These things can only be captured during my favorite time of the year to spend in Yosemite Valley. The winter time. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #YosemiteFalls #YosemiteNationalPark #Yosemitevalley #winter #snow #waterfall

Portrait Of Yosemite Falls

The focus on this image is not the path up to Yosemite Falls but it does lead you up to the base of the falls. One thing different here is that there isn't anyone on the path! Amazing, this was captured in the winter just after a large snow storm cleared the valley. 
The sky is a clear beautiful blue at the top of the image. The falls are framed by the tall Douglass Firs and Cedars on both sides of the trail.
The waterfalls are flowing at a good rate and anywhere that snow can grab a hold it is there.
Evan Wexler
3 months ago

Forget Presidents’ Day, it’s #AnselAdams’ birthday!

#Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” - Ansel Adams

#FindYourPark #yosemitenationalpark #california #photography

Andrew Wedlake
3 months ago

Wawona Tunnel. Taken earlier today.

#yosemitenationalpark #wawonatunnel

Up The Creek
Yosemite National Park is very large and there are many places in the park that I could say are my favorite part of the park. This is one of those areas.
This small branch of a creek that comes down off the mountain, flows under a small bridge and then flows roughly 100 yards, as seen here, before dropping roughly another 800 feet to the valley floor. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #UpTheCreek #YosemiteNationalPark #Yosemite

Up The Creek
This is an image of a small creek found off of Hwy. 120 in Yosemite Valley. It's spring time so the water is rushing strong and hard. In this image the creek drops down 3 distinct levels over the granite boulders. 
The creek bed on the right side is primarily granite slabs. The left side shows a mixture of granite and pine trees.

Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil falls is usually the first major waterfall that most visitors see as they enter Yosemite Valley.
This particular image was taken from across the Merced River during the spring time. As can be seen in this image the mist from the falls is very strong.
This is one of my favorite places in the park to just sit and take in nature. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #BridalveilFalls #Waterfall #YosemiteNationalPark

Bridalveil Falls
This is an image of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park. I captured this image from across the valley on the other side of the Merced River.
The foreground consist of the treetops of the various species that grow in the valley, mostly Douglass Firs. The mist of the falls can be seen over the treetops across the valley. The waterfall itself is center left in the image flanked by the granite cliffs of the valley.

Emerald Cascade

This has become one of my favorite places in the park to just chill out and relax. There is a path just off of the parking lot, not a trail, but a path. If you navigate that path down a somewhat steep but doable hill you can sit here on the rocks and just listen and watch the water flow by. It's really quite enjoyable. See the full image here: #AYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #YosemiteNationalPark #Waterfall

Emerald Cascade

The true name of this waterfall is Cascade Creek. 
The water drops under Highway 120 in Yosemite National Park as can be seen at the top of this image. 
The bridges supports frame the image at the top with a nice graceful arch. 
The water drops down the center of the image and is flanked on both sides by rocky granite cliffs. 
The foreground shows a little bit of the river bank.
The image has been processed as a HDR image and shows a number of artifacts that add a bit of mystery to the image.
4 months ago

Day 2 of the Yosemite winter photography workshop. Lots of snow coming down but getting out to get pictures between the snow flurries. The bird was giving me the stink eye while I was trying to take a photo.

#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #landscapephotography #landscape #bird

A big black bird sitting on a clump of snow, giving the photography the stink eye. Half Dome mountain and a snow covered field in the background.
4 months ago

Current status: At Yosemite National Park for a photography workshop. Somewhere along the Merced River. It's coldddddd, but beautiful!

#landscape #landscapephotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #photography

Mountain reflected in Merced River in Yosemite National Park.

The Trolls Home

This is a digital image I created from Cascade Creek under Hwy 120 through Yosemite National Park. I couldn't believe that this bridge in a National Park would have Graffiti Painted on it. So I created a HDR image, added some texture and some shadows to get this look. The Trolls Home just seemed fitting. See the full image here: #TheTrollsHome #BillGallagherPhotography #aYearForArt #YosemiteNationalPark

The Trolls Home

This is somewhat of an abstract image of Cascade Creek. The image was processed as a HDR image, I then added textures and some shadows to give the image depth. 
The creek is cascading over rocks and boulders. A large branch from a hardwood tree forms an arch over the creek from the left. Some large boulders frame the image on the right topped of by an arch support for the bridge above. There is some graffiti on the bridge abutment.

Wildcat Falls
Wildcat Falls is a small waterfall by Yosemite standards. This fall would be considered large in most places as it falls 630 feet.
The falls cascade down the cliffs of the valley and with a heavy growth of mature trees surrounding the falls most of the falls are obscured. This is just a small section of the falls, sort of an abstract. See the full image here: #WildcatFalls #BillGallagherPhotography #aYearForArt #YosemiteNationalPark

Wildcat Falls
This image is a closeup, somewhat abstract image of Wildcat Falls in Yosemite National Park in California. The falls are heavily shaded by the surrounding trees but the light does filter through. This allows for some light play on the falls. 
I have selected a slow shutter to give the water a soft silky look that stands out from the rocky background.

Softwater of Cascade Creek

A few miles off the floor of Yosemite Valley is Cascade Creek. By Yosemite standards, this is just a small whisp of a waterfall.
Captured under the bridge that crosses the creek The water appears to compress as it drops down between the boulders and then jets out before it continues on it's way down the mountain. See the full image here: #aYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #SoftwaterOfCascadeCreed #YosemiteNationalPark #yosemite

Softwater of Cascade Creek
This image is a bit of an abstract. This is a very small section of a large cascade that tumbles down into Yosemite Valley. 
The water appears to compress between two large boulders and the fans out in a silky flow before it drops further into the valley.

Bridalveil Falls

This image was taken from across the Merced River during the spring time. Bring rain gear if you want to get near the base.
Bridalveil falls has a height of 617 feet from top to bottom.
This is one of my favorite places in the park to just sit and take in nature. Sitting next to the Merced River as the water flows past. See the full image here: #aYearForArt #BillGallagherPhotography #YosemiteNationalPark #BridalVeilFalls

Bridalveil Falls
I captured this image on the far banks of the Merced River looking across Yosemite Valley up at Bridalveil Falls.
In the foreground of the image are the tree tops from the Douglass Fir forest growing up from the valley floor. 
The 617 foot waterfall that drops straight down sits left/center of the image and is flanked on both sides by the granite cliffs that help make the valley.
Peter West Carey
5 months ago

Fall Stroll Through Yosemite National Park

Description: Yosemite National Park is a beautiful place to be when you hit the leaf-peeping season perfectly.

Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America

#California #Featured #NorthAmerica #PhotooftheDay #USA #autumn #fall #foliage #relaxing #travel #travelphotography #walk #walking #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark

Adam Becker
7 months ago

Half Dome reflected in the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, a couple hours after sunrise, about two weeks ago. #photography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #nationalparks

A large granite dome in shadow behind a river lined with trees. The trees on the left bank of the river are in sunlight. The entire scene is reflected in the river, including a few wisps of cloud.