Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful and amazing places in the world.
These are my youngest daughters, Suzee and Amy, about nine years ago. They stood on a rock wall at Tunnel View and jumped for the photo, making it look as if they’re skipping across the sky. No, this picture isn’t Photoshopped.
Tunnel View on Wanona Road, Highway 41, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California is one of Yosemite visitors’ favorite viewpoints. As you exit the Wanona Tunnel, this splendid panorama greets you.
Check out the granite summits, El Capitan on the left and part of Three Brothers on the right. Half Dome can be seen in the far background in the center of the photo, just above and to the right of Suzee’s ponytail.
Below is a slide show of Carleton Watkins’ 19th-century photographs of Yosemite Valley. It’s just over three minutes long.
“The far-famed valley came suddenly into view throughout almost its whole extent: the noble walls, sculptured into endless variety of domes and gables, spires and battlements and plain mural precipices, all a-tremble with the thunder tones of the falling water. The level bottom seemed to be dressed like a garden, sunny meadows here and there and groves of pine and oak, the river of Mercy sweeping in majesty through the midst of them and flashing back the sunbeams.” ~John Muir
To see other “My Favorite Place” photo challenge posts, visit Weekly Photo Challenge.
Here’s my entry for last week’s photo challenge, “I’d Rather Be . . . In a Jacuzzi While It’s Snowing.”
What are your thoughts? Have you ever been to Yosemite National Park? What’s your favorite place to hang out or visit?
I’d love to hear from you!