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If you’ve never visited Yosemite National Park, it’s time you did. It’s beautiful any time of the year.

Here are some photos with author comments, blog posts and videos to tantalize you.

Parque Yosemite

El Capitán. Río Merced. Yosemite. California.
Abril – 2006

Author:Mono Andes

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, US

El Capitan continues to amaze me. Combine that with sunrise at Yosemite Valley, and you have some wonderful possibilities.

There is a well known picture by Galen Rowell, of El Capitan in the morning, which I tried very hard not to mimick. In his book Mountain Light, he describes in great detail the difficulty you face when taking a picture of El Capitan with trees in the foreground. You almost always run into problems with either tilted lines, or a not total view of El Capitan.

When I was at Yosemite in January, I went for a detail shot, just hinting at the massive size. When I was revisiting the park in early March, I had the luck (among quite some bad luck weather-wise) to get this special morning, and went for a total view.

It was snowing in the night, and remained for quite some time in the morning as well as mist moving around. So, I parked the car, and ran around, looking for a decent foreground. Took lots of shots, and ended up liking this one the most. The band of morning fog, from this viewpoint “behind” the trees and El Capitan, puts things into perspective, and allows me to take a total of the rock, showing its massive size. At the same time, the irregular shapes of the broadleaf trees as well as the play of light and shadow masks too obvious tilting of the conifers, letting me get away with a tilted camera.

My lens of choice was my Nikkor 16-85, at f11 and 16mm.

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Author:Xindaan

Nevada Falls From Glacier Point

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Late afternoon in Nevada Falls from Glacier Point, Yosemite NP.

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Was seen in Explore Highest position: 33 on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Author:Images In The Backcountry

Yosemite Conservancy Donates $5.9 Million to Yosemite National Park

The annual contribution was delivered by stagecoach at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona to Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher during the Conservancy’s Fall Gathering celebration last Saturday. …

Publish Date: 10/04/2010 12:03

http://yubanet.com/regional/Yosemite-Conservancy-Donates-5-9-Million-to-Yosemite-National-Park.php

Yosemite National Park (U.S. National Park Service) « America Most

Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1200 square mi.

Publish Date: 10/04/2010 17:54

http://www.americamw.com/yosemite-national-park-u-s-national-park-service-2.html

Yosemite National Park: 120 Years in Pictures” | Larry Ferlazzo’s

Yosemite National Park: 120 Years in Pictures is a slideshow from TIME Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other US.

Publish Date: 10/02/2010 9:20

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/10/02/yosemite-national-park-120-years-in-pictures/

Yosemite National Park

For more videos check out: http://www.anythinggoesproductions.com A video tour of Yosemite National Park. Shot in 2007.

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Yosemite National Park Video Tour

Half Dome and El Capitan. Nevada and Bridal Veil Falls. These names conjure up so many different memories for the millions of people that have been lucky enough to visit Yosemite National Park. Come and explore some of the more well known of this par…

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Yosemite National Park waterfalls

In the middle of Yosemite NP. Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls visible between sugar-pine trees (Pinus Lambertiana). Yosemite National Park (pronounced /joʊˈsɛmɨtiː/ yo-SEM-it-ee) is a national park located in the eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa a…

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Yosemite National Park – HD

The beginning of the video features the giant sequoia’s in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite. The water fall at the close of the video is Bridal Veil. For a few minutes on sunny days in the right location, you can see a rainbow in the waterfall… Dad a…

http://www.youtube.com/v/E4qc28G2WS0?f=videos&app=youtube_gdata

I hope this collection of materials on the Yosemite National Park in California has whetted your appetite to visit this wonder in the near future.

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“How do you make a fee-free day to a national park even better? By allowing visitors to not only volunteer, but also earn another fee-free coupon. If you think this sounds like a great idea, then come out to volunteer on September 25, National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day at national parks, allowing visitors to explore the parks, take advantage of recreational activities, and learn about the cultural and natural history of America at no or little cost. Additionally, visitors can also take part in providing essential volunteer services to maintain and improve these cherished lands.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands. Around the country, more than 170,000 people are expected to volunteer to build trails, clear trash, plant trees, and restore historic sites. By utilizing the fee-free day, visitors can begin their day by volunteering with a park ranger or other lands manager and then spend the afternoon enjoying the wonders of their public lands.” Read more.

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Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Palace 2 2006 09 12

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Mesa Verde National Park is unique in that it is not one to conserve nature but rather human work and it was the first national park that preserved the works of humans. This awe-inspiring national park is not one to be missed. Take a trip and discover some of the culture told in these cliff dwellings.

Traveler’s Checklist: Mesa Verde National Park | National Parks

Situated on the Colorado Plateau in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. Mesa Verde National Park, which was established in 1906 as the first national …

Publish Date: 05/17/2010 1:55

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2010/05/travelers-checklist-mesa-verde-national-park5845

Mesa Verde National Park – New 2010 Visitor Experiences<br>in Mesa

Mesa Verde National Park joins with its partner, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Institute to provide visitors with new opportunities and experiences in the park this season. These three new hikes include a day-long hike to Spring House, …

Publish Date: 04/23/2010 15:41

http://www.nps.gov/meve/parknews/10_02_veops_2010.htm

Mesa Verde National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Some 600 ‘cliff dwellings’ have been recorded within Mesa Verde National Park, including the famous multi-storey ones such as Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Square Tower House, built of sandstone and mud mortar, and an additional 4100 …

Publish Date: 04/23/2009 9:44

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The Sunaet in Glacier National Park, Montana.
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“Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.” -Stephen T. Mather

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“The federal government says it will announce a major restoration project for a portion of the Florida Everglades.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to announce details Monday in Kissimmee. It says the project will restore and protect wetlands and improve water quality in the northern Everglades. Officials say it will provide habitat for rare and endangered species.” Read more.

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In a time when one hears lots of negative news from the country’s health issues to education problems, its refreshing to hear something positive:

“Yellowstone National Park had a record number of visitors in June.

The park had just under 700,000 visitors. That’s up nearly 8 percent from June, 2009, which also was a record.” Read More.

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Denali National Park: Wildlife Refuge Par Excellence

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Here is an update to the backcountry fire at Rocky Mountain National Park.  The trails to the park are still open.

Tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Loaded Guns Now Allowed in Our National Parks by Law

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North Carolina hills from Blue Ridge Parkway
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Blue Ridge Parkway offers gorgeous views of mother nature, even from the inside of a car.  But if you have a moment, step outside the car to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this famous route.

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June 21 – 26 the Town of Boone NC Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration offers activities such as a guided Blue Ridge Parkway leisure bike ride; the Headwaters Hike June 23rd guided by Upper Watauga Riverkeepers in partnership …

Publish Date: 06/21/2010 9:43

http://ncmountain.blogspot.com/2010/06/blue-ridge-parkway-75-event-town-of.html

Blue Ridge Parkway awaits adventurers | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Before it officially became the Blue Ridge Parkway, this ribbon of road along the crest of the mountains through Virginia and North Carolina was called the Appalachian Scenic Highway.

Publish Date: 06/06/2010 0:01

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/travel/regional/article/S-PARK06_20100602-193006/348574/

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A Water Moccasin at Congaree National Park

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Acadia National Park is the only National Park in the Northeastern United States.

Here is some current news on the State of Maine’s Acadia National park:

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National Parks Adventure | Chickering Reports

Acadia National Park is located in Maine on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a lot to do in Acadia National Park! You could go tidepooling, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, boating, swimming and more! …

Publish Date: 06/14/2010 7:08

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Mark Your Calendars: Acadia National Park’s Night Skies To Be

If your idea of an excellent trip to a national park includes gazing at the starry skies overhead, consider making plans to visit Acadia National Park in September when the 2nd Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is celebrated. …

Publish Date: 06/13/2010 0:19

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