Yosemite Landscapes: Pure Mountain Magic
Capturing Yosemite Landscapes is an exercise in patience. In fact, I planned and waited an entire year for some of these shots! Please enjoy this selection of my favorites, and by the way…all photos can be pinned.
I love blue skies…but sometimes the most striking way to present them is without color! For example, in the above photo of Half Dome, the clouds really pop with the darker sky behind them. Here are more of my Black and White photos.
I found this lucky Manzanita tree above Yosemite Valley’s stunning “Tunnel View”.
Although Pohono Bridge is beautiful in all seasons, October’s fall colors were the highlight of the year. Here are more bridges I photographed.
Below you can see the view from the edge of Vernal Falls. Though there’s still a decent flow of water in summer, springtime is when this waterfall is truly at it’s peak.
For instance, this photo of Yosemite Falls at peak flow was taken in May. It doesn’t get any better than the lush, green valley in spring. Here are more waterfall photos.
Often overlooked is the Carlon Falls Trail, which many people pass when entering the park from Highway 120. Particularly beautiful when the creek is blanketed in winter snow!
Ah, Tunnel View…undeniably the most iconic of Yosemite scenes. Regardless of how many times I visit, it never gets old.
Yosemite Landscapes – Glacier Point Road
Glacier Point Road features sweeping views of Yosemite Valley. Surely, witnessing a pink sunset on Half Dome is the highlight for many park visitors.
Late summer brings the monsoon thunderstorms. As a result, photographers can capture some incredible brooding skies over Yosemite Valley.
Immediately after hiking to Cathedral Peak, I reached the bottom…turned around, and snapped this photo. It’s one of my favorite landmarks in the park, and a great hike to boot. This was taken in early summer, with patches of snow leftover from the previous winter.
Granted, Indian Rock may not be the highlight of your time hiking the high country, but it certainly is well worth a brief stop on the way to North Dome or Upper Yosemite Falls.
In addition to being one giant granite rock playground, Tioga Road’s high country also offers many stunning sunset views.
Even though most of my Yosemite landscapes feature mountains and waterfalls, the park has plenty more to offer. Pictured here is the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees. It’s a short hike off of Tioga Pass Road.
Finally, I offer you this sweeping granite landscape – taken from above Olmsted Point. In the distance you’ll see Tenaya Lake. Undoubtedly, the High Sierra is one of the beautiful and fascinating places I’ve ever been.
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– Nathan Allen
I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.