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Pictures of our Hiking in Scenic Yosemite National Park in California

Updated on September 14, 2016

Yosemite Valley

Looking down on Yosemite Valley.
Looking down on Yosemite Valley. | Source

Several years ago a friend and I spent several days hiking and exploring in Yosemite National Park in California. Many pictures were taken and a good share of them will be shown in this hub about our experiences while there.

Many people might be aware of Yosemite Valley because of its impressive beauty due to sheer cliffs and other rock formations, cascading waterfalls and the love that John Muir had for this locale and his place in history explaining how geologic events helped in creating this most beautiful of places.

This was one of ten national parks and other natural scenic locations that would be visited and impressed upon our memories on one grand vacation shared that year between my friend and myself.



Merced River in Yosemite

The roaring Merced River
The roaring Merced River | Source
The Merced River as seen from our patio
The Merced River as seen from our patio | Source
Looking back at the Yosemite View Lodge where we stayed.
Looking back at the Yosemite View Lodge where we stayed. | Source
The Merced River was illuminated at night.  View from our patio.
The Merced River was illuminated at night. View from our patio. | Source

Prior to my friend coming over here from Germany where she lives, I had spent much time in planning this vacation trip.

Our plan was to utilize my car driving it from Houston, Texas to California and back all the while stopping at our National Park destinations as well as other points of interest along the way.

Reservations were made well in advance after discussing and agreeing upon the prices and conveniences that we both wanted.

For this particular portion of the trip in which we would be exploring Yosemite, we stayed at the Yosemite View Lodge.

We were extremely pleased with the accommodations and were I to ever return to see more of Yosemite, I would happily stay there again.

Yosemite View Lodge sits adjacent to the Merced River which flows through Yosemite National Park.

On the first floor facing the river, we had a large patio furnished with wicker chairs and tables and we could see and hear the boisterous Merced River both outside and inside our comfortable room.

That particular year, not too long after we had left the park, the Merced not only overflowed its banks, but the park had to be temporarily shut to tourists.

The Yosemite View Lodge folks had spent the money to have the river illuminated at night which added to the visual beauty of staying there.

A fireplace inside our room provided ambiance and also warmth since we were there in the Spring of the year when the melting snow provides the greatest show of waterfall volume in Yosemite National Park.

This also added to the water activity we were seeing in the rising and roaring river outside our room.

Yes...the ROAR of the Merced River could be heard at this particular location both day and night as it tumbled over rocks sending up fine sprays of mist.

Having gone whitewater rafting several times in my life, I would not have wanted any part of entering that wild and raging river that year at that particular time. Of course the daredevils would probably have loved it!

Each day we would enter Yosemite National Park from this base of operation to view different areas and do some hiking.


Some views inside Yosemite...

Scenery within the park
Scenery within the park | Source
Life springing up out of a crack in the rock
Life springing up out of a crack in the rock | Source
A chapel on the Valley floor
A chapel on the Valley floor | Source
Llamas can be rented for use as pack animals when hiking in Yosemite
Llamas can be rented for use as pack animals when hiking in Yosemite | Source

Yosemite in Springtime

Geology of Yosemite Valley


People thought that naturalist John Muir was crazy when he first proposed that much of Yosemite Valley was scoured out by glacial activity. But over time most have come to agree with that theory accounting for the distinctive widening out of the valley floor that river action alone could not explain.

Starting out below ground, the granite features comprising much of Yosemite had crystallized from a hot molten state.

Over millions of years as seas retreated and Teutonic movements deep within the earth caused the uplifting of what would become the Sierra Nevada range, what would eventually become this beauteous valley had its start.

The Merced River played an important part in this evolving story.

Carving into the tilting-walled canyon a gorge over three thousand feet deep and carrying away debris as every river eventually does on its march eventually back to the oceans, the Merced River was doing its part to create this landscape.

Normally this type of action forms a V-shaped canyon.

So how did the U-shaped canyon come into being?

Ancient glaciers that had formed and slowly moved down through parts of what would eventually be called Yosemite scoured the V-shaped canyon widening it as the ice transported both small and large boulders in its path.

Not much of what is in the way of a slow moving glacier can stand up to the terrific force of its creeping passage.

Think of glacial action moving through rocks as compared to a bulldozer moving through banks of earth.

Where the bulldozer has gone areas are flattened and the earth is transported elsewhere. Chunks of earth from the banks that are not well cemented into place might fall into this cleared path after the bulldozer has passed.

This is much like what the glaciers would have done when moving through Yosemite.

They took areas of rock leaving behind sheer cliffs and what would become hanging valleys where waterfalls now tumble into rivers that were once on or near the same level.

Boulders and rocks are strewn in places falling off from the higher mounts above them just as those clumps of earth would have fallen off from after that bulldozer had ploughed through their midst.

What is now the Yosemite Valley floor was once covered by a lake which eventually disappeared leaving the flat base which now supports meadows, trees and other foliage.

Yosemite is one of the most strikingly beautiful places on earth due to its past geologic history.

Of course nature is never static but ever changing.

The rivers and waterfalls as well as climactic changes and movements deep within the earth will continue to shape and modify Yosemite National Park long into the future.

Deer in Yosemite and lithograph I created of same.

Some deer that we saw while in Yosemite
Some deer that we saw while in Yosemite | Source
Portion of a stone lithograph that I created...(copyrighted)
Portion of a stone lithograph that I created...(copyrighted) | Source


Wildlife in Yosemite National Park


There are four hundred species of animals that could potentially be sighted and found within the bounds of Yosemite.

Part of this is due to the topographic variety seen within the park that can support a number of birds and animals.

We spotted the mule deer as one can readily see from this picture that I took of them. They are the only type of deer found in Yosemite.

This became the subject matter that I later executed by making a stone lithograph. My copy machine is not large enough to capture the entire image of my lithograph...nor capture the fine details of the limited edition of 13...but this gives the reader a general idea of my art.


65 species of birds have been spotted including the spotted owl and brightly colored Steller's Jay among others.


While hiking one day we and others saw a cougar poking its head around a large boulder not twenty feet from the path in which we were traversing! Had another hiker not quietly pointed it out, we would have missed seeing it.


El Capitan...the 3,000 foot high tallest unbroken granite cliff in the world can be seen here in Yosemite National Park.

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

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Some pictures taken in Yosemite National Park follow...

Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite FallsAnother view...Roads within the park
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls | Source
Another view...
Another view... | Source
Roads within the park
Roads within the park | Source

The scenery viewed on the way to Bridalveil Fall...

Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite

Water cascading through the wooded area from Bridalveil Fall
Water cascading through the wooded area from Bridalveil Fall | Source

Bridalveil Fall scenery in Yosemite

Rain gear needed as we got closer to the Fall
Rain gear needed as we got closer to the Fall | Source
Water from the Fall
Water from the Fall | Source
Bridalveil Fall
Bridalveil Fall | Source

Hiking to Bridalveil Fall...


The starting point is from a parking lot area only about one quarter of a mile from the Fall.


It is a 1/2 mile round trip that takes only about twenty minutes and is considered an easy hike which it certainly was.


Unless one wishes to get wet, a poncho or other type of rain gear would be recommended as the mist from the cascading water of the Bridalveil Fall pounding onto the rocks beneath it is quite substantial.


It was a bit foggy the day my friend and I saw it so the air was packed with humidity.


The white frothy water was tumbling over the rocks and passing as a turbulent stream through the forest.


When we reached the viewing point of the Bridalveil Fall we could see why the waterfall was so named.


It seems to come over the face of the rocks at the top in a fairly regular pattern widening slightly as it nears the bottom much as many ephemeral bridal veils do as they float down the back of the bride's dress forming a billowing train at the bottom.


Bridalveil Fall actually spills over from what is called a "hanging" valley.


This valley was left at a higher elevation than the floor of Yosemite below it when the glaciers made their way through this locale millions of years earlier sheering away the rock base that once was contiguous with the valley.


Because of this the water now flows down over the higher valley face and we get to enjoy what has been named Bridalveil Fall.

Around every bend of a path or every curve in the road is another spectacular scene that can be enjoyed in Yosemite National Park which the next two photos show.

Scenery in Yosemite

Scenery in Yosemite
Scenery in Yosemite | Source
Scenery in Yosemite
Scenery in Yosemite | Source

Hiking to Vernal Falls in Yosemite

Hiking to Vernal Fall
Hiking to Vernal Fall | Source
Scenery along the way to Vernal Fall
Scenery along the way to Vernal Fall | Source
Trail to Vernal Fall
Trail to Vernal Fall | Source

The hike to Vernal Fall...


This hike was considered to be strenuous and one climbs about 1,000 feet gaining in elevation as one travels this trail to Vernal Fall.

One has access to this hiking trail by using one of the shuttle services within the Yosemite National Park.

Shuttles are provided within the park to ease congestion and one is encouraged to use these services which run on a timely schedule in order to get to different areas within the national park.

One disembarks at the Happy Isles Shuttle Stop # 16 to take this trail to see Vernal Fall.


This is also called the Mist Trail or John Muir Trail.


It is a three mile round trip and generally takes anywhere from two to four hours depending upon how quickly one wishes to traverse the terrain.

As you can tell from some of these attached photos, both my friend and I took time to enjoy the grand vistas as well as the smaller more intimate details such as mosses and lichen growing on rocks and trees.

At times we had to use our umbrellas due to light rain. Most of the trip while partially protected under the canopy of tall trees we joined our fellow hikers along the trail and enjoyed the twists and turns, scrambling over some rocks at times and finally made it to the end of the trail to see the downpour of Vernal Fall.


We could hear the Vernal Fall long before we actually saw it.


This was a most rewarding hike.

Please enjoy the following pictures that were taken on this Vernal Fall hiking trail.

Scenery viewed on hike to Vernal Fall

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Steller's JayVerdant mosses & lichens clinging to rocks along the way.Mosses and fernsA bridge over the Merced RiverView of the river from the bridgeSome of the tumbled rocks seen along the wayThe mighty Merced RiverVernal Fall...the prize of this particular hike
Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay | Source
Verdant mosses & lichens clinging to rocks along the way.
Verdant mosses & lichens clinging to rocks along the way. | Source
Mosses and ferns
Mosses and ferns | Source
A bridge over the Merced River
A bridge over the Merced River | Source
View of the river from the bridge
View of the river from the bridge | Source
Some of the tumbled rocks seen along the way
Some of the tumbled rocks seen along the way | Source
The mighty Merced River
The mighty Merced River | Source
Vernal Fall...the prize of this particular hike
Vernal Fall...the prize of this particular hike | Source

Beautiful Pictures of Yosemite + Music

Clouds and Yosemite Rocks marry... 

Yosemite and clouds

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Mirror Lake in Yosemite

Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake | Source

Mirror Lake - Yosemite

Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake | Source
Scenery seen while walking around Mirror Lake
Scenery seen while walking around Mirror Lake | Source

Mirror Lake


Mirror Lake and Meadow can be enjoyed as an easy one mile level hike leads one there.



The lake is gradually silting up and will eventually disappear just as did Yosemite Lake that once covered the Valley floor.



Mirror Lake will eventually become just additional meadow land.



Shuttle Stop # 17 takes one to this area within the park.

John Muir and Yosemite

Valley floor of Yosemite National Park

On the Valley floor of Yosemite
On the Valley floor of Yosemite | Source
Views seen from valley floor in Yosemite
Views seen from valley floor in Yosemite | Source
House adorned with Spring blooming trees
House adorned with Spring blooming trees | Source
Dogwood in bloom
Dogwood in bloom | Source








The flat valley floor of Yosemite Valley provides one with breathtaking views.


As Spring turns into Summer the waterfalls become less dramatic as the snow packs from the upper elevations has melted. So if you wish to see sights such as the ones pictured here, be sure and visit Yosemite National Park in the Springtime of the year.

Springtime flowers in bloom also add to this already stunning palate of comeliness.

The flowering dogwoods added a splash of color to the house utilized for park personnel and pictured below.

Even if one was handicapped and could not enjoy the many hiking opportunities within Yosemite National Park, I have to admit that just driving through this magnificent valley and the other roads within the park would leave you with excellent images.


Needless-to-say, this is a photographer's dream place. Both amateur and professional photographers alike can hardly escape this paradise without some images that are worthy of being enjoyed.

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park | Source


While my traveling pal and I were walking through a meadow and alongside a river one day within the park we became mesmerized by the ballet-like actions of a fly fisherman in action.


In fact there were several people enjoying this sport.


I remembered the film I had seen years earlier titled "A River Runs Through It" and it was the first time that I fully realized the beauty that this casting of a fishing line entails.



It seemed like such a fun way to spend a portion of a day especially surrounded by the spectacular scenery with which we were all surrounded.

Fly fishing in Yosemite National Park

A fly fisherman enjoying some time spent in Yosemite National Park
A fly fisherman enjoying some time spent in Yosemite National Park | Source

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Other day hikes within Yosemite Valley...


There is the Lower Yosemite Fall which is an easy 1/2 mile round trip hike.


The Upper Yosemite Fall Trail Columbia Rock is a strenuous 2 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet.


If one wishes to to hike to the Top of Yosemite Fall one will be traversing a very strenuous undertaking with an elevation gain of 2,700 feet and a trip of 7.2 miles getting there and back.


To get to see the Nevada Fall one must plan to hike 7 miles round trip in a strenuous 1,900 foot elevation gain.


Glacier Point Four Mile Trail will have you walking 4.8 miles one way in a very strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 3,200 feet.


For more moderate hiking one can walk the Valley Floor Loop which is 13 miles for the entire loop or 6.5 miles for half of it.


For the most strenuous hike of all with an elevation gain of 4,800 feet and 17 miles round trip you might want to consider the Half Dome.


One can easily see that in addition to the hikes we took within Yosemite National Park (given our time-frame), there is something to please most any visitor from the casual observer looking out of the car window to the experienced and willing hiker wanting to take more time to explore more details that are gradually unfolded before one's eyes as one steps into the depths of the park away from the roadsides.

If you enjoyed these pictures of our hiking in Yosemite National Park in California, I am looking forward to hearing comments from you.

A Winter Tale...beautiful Cello Solo accompanied by wintery photos of Yosemite.

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      Peggy Woods 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      So glad you enjoyed this hub regarding Yosemite National Park. It is a beauty! The "purple mountain majesty" really does show up in that first photo. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 18 months ago

      Great Hub. Fantastic pictures. That picture of the beginning explains the line "Purple mountain's majesty" .

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      Peggy Woods 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      You are so fortunate that you got to visit the beautiful Yosemite National Park often when you lived so close to it. I would have done the same! Thanks for the share.

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      Audrey Hunt 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite places in both winter and spring. Lived a short 4 hours drive for many years and visited often.

      You've captured the magnificence of mother nature's finest with both words and photos. Thanks Peggy and will share.

      Audrey

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      Peggy Woods 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      Glad I could take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite. It is truly a spectacular place.

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      Susie Lehto 20 months ago from Minnesota

      Yosemite National Park would be on my list of places to see if I were to visit California but I have no plans to do that. I love living vicariously through other people and you take me on some great tours, Pegs. - Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Guitar Wizard,

      I just listened to your YouTube video and your winter photos of Yosemite were beautiful and aptly matched the mood of the beautiful Cello Solo. Thanks for leaving this comment. I shared your video on Google + and also left a comment. I added your video to this hub. Thanks for your comment and the link.

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      Mark Edward Fitchett 4 years ago from Long Beach

      Love the picures! You are really good at this. I went to Yosemite for the first time ever a couple of years ago in the winter and took some amateur photos. I decided to do a collage with with a cello solo I composed.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP7nWQDhSBw

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Suhail and my dog,

      Like you...I absolutely love visiting national parks and Yosemite is a beauty. Am sure that you will truly enjoy it. Nice that you have plans to visit it in 2014 and I appreciate your comment.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Yosemite is on my dream travel list and I will be there in 2014. I am more of a hiker than a tourist and therefore, national parks are a great place for me to explore and observe nature.

      Thanks for providing so much information about this park.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on this hub regarding Yosemite National Park. It is SO beautiful and certainly a photographer's paradise. I can see why John Muir fell in love with this area and spent so much time there even before it became a national park. Glad that you liked all of these photos! My friend and I had a fabulous time there! :)

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      I agree with paradise and dohn in that I envy you and this is probably my favorite hub of yours. The Park in itself is incredible but your hub and breathtaking pictures take it to spectacular. All the ups and thank you

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Walter Stuart,

      It is obvious that you also love Yosemite National Park for all the many reasons you listed not the least of which is the photography aspect. I certainly kept snapping pictures on our hikes. Such a gorgeous area! Thanks for your comment and I apologize for another late response. This was also discovered in the spam folder for some odd reason so I did not see your comment until I was simply checking this hub today for any needed maintenance.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello alisha4321,

      Sorry for the late response. This went into the spam folder and went unnoticed until today. Your descriptions of Yosemite National Park are so apt. Thanks for your comment.

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      Walter Stuart 7 years ago

      Yosemite National Park is internationally known for beautiful waterfalls, clear streams, biological diversity, marvellous granite cliffs, the huge sequio groves. This park has a number of plants like chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane, upper montane, subalpine and alpine and animals such as Bighorn sheep, bobcat, gray fox, mountain beaver, mountain lion, black bear and bat. The beautiful tunnel View is the first view of the Valley!

      I simply love this place for its lovely scenery and great views for photography!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ParadiseForever,

      Since you had to cross much of the world to get to Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park and other places, it is wonderful that you got to see these places even if your time was a bit shorter. I agree with you that Yosemite has such grandeur and leaves a lasting impression. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      ParadiseForever 7 years ago from Chennai, India.

      Hi Peggy,

      I really envy you. You had a spring vacation and visited ten National Parks and scenic places. First I started reading your Death Valley hub. Then, this Yosemite hub. Now my next job is to read your 17-mile drive hub. Even though I also had an opportunity to visit these places recently, it was a very short trip.

      As you rightly said, Yosemite is a paradise on earth. Driving through this magnificent valley will definitely leave memorable images in ones mind. WOW! what a great writing about Yosemite? Excellent eye-catching photos taken from different places/angles. I really enjoyed Yosemite here once again. Keep writing.

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      xunlei 8 years ago

      I will keep you posted!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello successfulblogger,

      If you visit Yosemite National Park and do some hiking, please come back and let me know which were your favorite hikes within the park. It would be interesting to compare. Thanks!

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      successfulblogger 8 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

      Terrific hub, I hope to make it up there soon.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dohn,

      What a glowing compliment coming from you! Thanks! I DO believe that you liked these pictures of our hiking in Yosemite National Park. It is truly breathtaking scenery.

      Yes...I have more up my sleeve...more to come from California and elsewhere. :-)

      Thanks again for this comment.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This is by far, my favorite hub from you (although I do hope that more will follow). You've certainly sold me on wanting to go now. You have such a great eye in all aspects. I really liked you stone pictograph as your talent is obvious. My father got to see Yellowstone years ago, yet never took us kids (I guess we didn't behave well enough :P ) But I will go, mark my words! I've been wanting to for a long time now.

      I'm in awe of this hub :D

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello LoveEarthAlways,

      So happy to have shown you pictures of the hiking my friend and I got to enjoy in Yosemite National Park. When you go depending upon the time you have, you might be able to take in some of the other hikes. If so...please write about your experiences and take pictures. Such a beautiful spot...am sure others will be interested as well. Thanks!

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      LoveEarthAlways 8 years ago from Burlington, Vermont, USA

      Wow, what an awesome chapter! I want to revisit this before we go out to Yosemite.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      Very happy to hear that you also liked the pictures of Yosemite. And thanks for noticing my lithograph. It was a joy to create and reminds me of Yosemite National Park every time I look at it.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      Yes, glaciers have carved out many a different landscape. They did a great job in creating the beauty we get to enjoy today in Yosemite National Park. Glad you like my pictures. They are my favorite type of souvenir when I travel. Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      Your pictures of Yosemite are impressive and the stone lithograph shows great detail.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      Glaciers have been a majot contributor to our present landscape. You always have such beautiful pictures.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TheBestHomes,

      So happy to hear that you are enjoying these pictures that I took in Yosemite National Park. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      TheBestHomes 8 years ago

      Awsome work. Nice pictures.I have watched them several times. Really eyesoothing views!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Thank you so much for visiting my Yosemite National Park hub and thank you in addition for the compliments on my lithograph. It is a joy to create art and nice when people appreciate it.

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      What a great journey you made ! I could hardly have comments checking out those beautiful pictures and the lithograph is another one that shows your talent. Thank you for sharing Peggy W.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Betty,

      One could almost point and shoot in any direction and get great pictures in Yosemite National Park. But thanks for the compliment and comment.

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      Betty Reid 8 years ago from Texas

      Great photos! No wonder you wanted to share them!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Yes, visiting Yosemite National Park "in the flesh" is better than seeing it via pictures. At least this gave you an idea of some of the sights you would be able to enjoy if you would ever come to this part of California. Keep in mind, we did not see it all in the several days we spent there. I'd also enjoy going back and hike some of the other areas within the park. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings H P Roychoudhury,

      Very happy to have shared this experience of visiting the portion of California that contains this gem of a national park...Yosemite...with you and others. Thank you for the nice comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      If you visited Yosemite National Park in the 1950's or 1960's and don't quite remember it...you were undoubtedly a child. I remember visiting the Blackhills with my parents in the 50's and while I have some memories of Mount Rushmore, etc, I would surely get more out of it if I were to revisit the same spots as an adult.

      As to the camera and new technology...I am loving my new digital camera. Most of the pictures in these hubs were taken with a 35mm Canon camera that had film. Would hate to return to that method of not knowing if the picture was good or not until the film was developed after the trip had ended. Ha!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi shamelabboush,

      Nice to hear that you liked viewing these pictures of California's Yosemite National Park. Just don't stop breathing for too long a period of time! :) Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      As you nicely said, Yosemite National Park is a paradise on earth. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Yangtze,

      So happy you enjoyed the pictures of our hiking in Yosemite National Park. Thanks for the first comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I would love to visit Peggy. In the flesh it will be awesome

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is far away from my country to visit but I should say I am lucky that I have enjoyed the natural beauty of the Valley and Yosemite National Park by going through this hub which is so nicely written and enriched with beautiful photographs. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the valley.

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      Don A. Hoglund 8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Truthfully I cannot recall if I was ever in that park or not. I went to California twice in the 1950's and 60's and don't recall what all we saw. I was at an age where everything was new and overwhelming. Your pictures are great. I used to be into photography but got away from it when I developed cataracts. I am attempting to renew my interest although technology has changed.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Yosemite is like a dream to me. Whewnever I imagine this wonderful nature, I stop breathing. I really wish I can go there someday! Who knows?

      Glad to read and check your hubs again Peggy :)

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for showing this paradise. Nature really created paradise there. Thank you again for your hub.

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      Yangtze 8 years ago

      So beautiful pictures and scenes!