The attached photographs are a few views from within the Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park was established in October 1890, and is the 3rd oldest National Park inside the USA. It is situated in the state of California and has an area of almost 1200 square miles. It is also home to approximately 300-500 black bears. The most famous and photographed site within the park is the ‘Half Dome’ of which I have uploaded several pictures taken from different view points & at various times of the day.
The first two pictures were scenes captured along the Tioga Road Pass, whilst entering the park from Lee Vining.
The next picture was taken when you start to drop down towards the valley floor where you get your first view of the ‘Half Dome’
Situated within the National Park are several types of accommodation. For the luxury stay and situated right in the centre of the valley floor is the Ahwahnee Hotel. The hotel is built on the site where once a village stood which was occupied by the native Miwoks. It was designed in 1925 by Gilbert Stanley, and was chosen for it stunning views of the ‘Half Dome, Yosemite Falls & Glacier Point’. “Ahwanhnee’ translated means ‘Place of the gaping mouth”.
There is another luxury hotel within the National Park, which is the Wawona Hotel, it is situated near to the South entrance of the Park. The hotel was rebuilt in 1878 the year after a fire destroyed the original building and it became part of the National Park, when the Wawona area was integrated within Yosemite in 1932. Many famous people have stayed at the Wawona, which have included, Ulysses S Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, John Ruskin & lily Langtry.
The next couple of pictures show the ‘Vernal Falls’ waterfall. This accessed by a moderate to strenuous 3 mile hike up a & over Granite rocks. At the time these pictures were taken(July) the water coming over the fall is at it’s weakest. I have visited the falls in May/June and the water force is around 2to 3 times stronger.
The next set of pictures capture the famous Yosemite Half Dome. Half Dome is a part of a granite rock formation & it rises more than 4,737 feet above the valley floor. It was originally called TI-SA-CK meaning cleft rock in the language of the local native american.
The next pictures show the great granite monolith ‘El Capitan‘ which extends to approximately 3,000 feet. The local native americans called it ‘TO-TO-KONOO-LAH’, meaning the chief.
The last picture in the set is taken from a view point called ‘Tunnel View’ From this advantage point you can see several land marks that include ‘El Capitan’ ‘Half Dome’ ‘Cathedral Rock’ & the Sentinel Dome.