Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in Sierra Nevada.

One of the several creeks and rivers we passed by on the way to Yosemite Valley. The park encompasses 1,170 square miles, roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island.
The spectacular Tunnel View seen from Wawona Road. This shows El Capitan at the left, the Bridalveil Falls and the Cathedral Rocks at the right, the Half Dome and Cloud's Rest in the far center.
Mist rising from the soil of Mariposa Grove, home to massive redwoods and sequoias.
Yosemite Falls, with a total drop of 2,425 feet, is the tallest in North America and the 5th in the world.
El Capitan is a granite monolith popular with hikers and rock climbers. Martin provides contrast to its colossal size. It rises about 3,600 feet from the valley floor.
Another shot of Yosemite Falls. Not far from where this was taken were artists trying to capture its beauty in their canvases.
Martin and one of the giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove.
Waterfalls are a hallmark of Yosemite. Here viewed from the Merced river.
Martin and I at the Tunnel View. The vista was really awesome and the pictures I took didn't capture the serene and surreal feel of the place. I heard one of the tourists remarked that it's the most beautiful sight he's seen in his life and it didn't sound like an exaggeration.
This creek runs from the base of Bridalveil Falls.
Tourists line the road of Yosemite Valley to marvel at the unique rock formations created by glaciers three million years ago. Geologists believe that the ice age brought glaciers that scraped and carved the valleys and canyons.

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