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1980 Yosemite Park, Part 1

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For those living in northern California, one of the "must-do" trips is a visit to Yosemite National Park. It is easy driving distance and provides many spectacular views to enjoy. These photos were taken on my trip in the fall of 1980, as best I recall.

This area has experienced tectonic and volcanic activity, uplift and erosion, followed by sculpting by glaciers. The result is some of the most scenic spots in the world. It became a national park in 1890.

The park can be toured by car, by shuttle bus, on a bicycle, or on foot. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails — everything from an easy stroll to challenging mountain hikes. Others come to Yosemite to experience rock climbing or skiing (in the winter, obviously).

This photo shows Halfdome, named for its distinct shape.

Below we see Halfdome again from a closer vantage point. From Wikipedia, "One side is a sheer face while the other three sides are smooth and round, making it appear like a dome cut in half. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor."

This vantage point shows Yosemite Falls. Note that it has three sections — this photo only shows the Upper Yosemite Fall, a 1,430 foot (400m) drop. On this day, the amount of water falling was rather sparse.

However, the next day provided much more flow — and I was able to capture it on film from a closer, but partially obscured angle.

The next shot captures some of the magnificence of El Capitan, a granite block some 10M years old. This "rock" is a favorite of climbers — I assume because of the near-vertical face.

This photo was taken later in the day. Note that climbers have become more brave and so skilled that the challenge these days is to climb the sheer walls free or with minimal aid. I've decided to sit this one out. 😎

I confess that I don't recall the name of this prominent point but I expect that one of my readers will come to my aide and let me know its name.

Down in the valley, it is surprising that a couple of visitors could find a small frozen pond all their own.

Next up is Bridalveil Fall, which leaps into the valley from the edge of the precipice (although that edge has moved back into an alcove from the original edge of the valley).

You might ask why it is called "Bridalveil Fall". Well, when the flow is light and there is a brisk wind blowing, it may blow the water sideways, making the veil as in this image. I was lucky that day to capture it.

Another waterfall but unfortunately, I do not recall the name. I hope one of my readers will recognize it and let me know. Note that Yosemite has some 26 named waterfalls. It's tough to be an expert on all of them.

Last for today is another lovely shot, featuring Mirror Lake. According to Wikipedia, "Mirror Lake is a small, seasonal lake located on Tenaya Creek in Yosemite National Park. Situated in Tenaya Canyon directly between North Dome and Half Dome, it is the last remnant of a large glacial lake that once filled most of Yosemite Valley at the end of the last Ice Age, and is close to disappearing due to sediment accumulation."

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com