Hello Friends and Family,

1980 Yosemite Park, Part 2

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It seems that everywhere you look in Yosemite, there is beauty. Even a small stream takes on the splendor of Mirror Lake, reflecting the trees and bushes along the banks.

And when you see trees here, you are seeing TREES! MASSIVE! ANCIENT! GIANT!

These Giant Sequoias live in three groves in Yosemite National Park. The most easily accessible of these (spring through fall) is the Mariposa Grove near the park's South Entrance.

To help you gauge the size of the magnificent trees, notice the small white column at the base of this Giant Sequoia. That is a person dressed in white. Just assume that she is six feet tall — so how tall is the tree? I don't know the height of this one but the tallest tree in Yosemite is named The Grizzly Giant and stands some 209 feet (63.7m) tall.

In fact, these trees are so massive that photographing some of them is quite challenging. There might be other trees where you would like to stand. And if you end up too close to the base, your shot is too vertical and the tree does not look as tall as it really is.

When the national park was first opened, most of the visitors came by way of a stagecoach. The Wells Fargo office provided the location to embark or disembark your transportation as well as a communications hub with its telegraph. As the automobile took over, the office lost its importance but it remains a historic landmark.

I seem to recall this was a residence for a supervisor but I could not find more information online about it. Sorry.

This is one of my favorite photos from Yosemite — the covered bridge over the South Fork of the Merced River which was built around 1857. In 1955, it was nearly destroyed by a flood and a modern concrete bridge was built to handle the traffic. The covered bridge was restored two years later as part of the creation of the Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

Here I am (age middle 30s?) at the base of one of the huge Giant Sequoia trees. Then and now, my mind says I'm next to a giant elephant's foot. 😂

Ride'm cowboy. Too bad the person who I asked to take the photo did not know how to focus properly.

Ah, now that is better. By the way, I still have this flannel shirt — and wear it a few times each winter in Arizona.

We close this visit to Yosemite with a sunset caressing El Capitan.

Life is good.

B. David

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