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.

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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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Nevada Falls From Glacier Point

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

Must see it LARGE: ‘Nevada Falls From Glacier Point’ On Black

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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Experience Wilson Creek National Battlefield as never before. On September 18, join others for a Moonlight Tour highlighting events surrounding the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. Make sure to buy your ticket, $5/person, early as this is a huge event that sells out early. Visit here for more information on this amazing opportunity.

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“Fierce winter storms and shifting shoals gave birth to the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” where thousands of ships have foundered since record-keeping began in the 16th century.

Driven aground by hurricane-force winds and towering seas, the passengers and crews on these ships often had no recourse but to hope for someone to come to their aid. And come they did. Beginning late in the 18th century rescuers began patrolling the East Coast in search of such wrecks.

A measure of organization came to the live-saving crews in 1785 when a British doctor who had moved to Boston, Massachusetts, was able to form the Massachusetts Humane Society. Not to be confused with an animal rights group, the society was modeled after the British Royal Humane Society, a life-saving service.” Read more.

Learn more about the U.S. Life-saving Service on October 9 at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. Here is their website. Enjoy!

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Harpers Ferry and water gap from Jefferson Rock

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Take some time and head over to Harpers Ferry and take a summer tour which runs through October. There are many to choose from. Check out this website for more information on the tours.

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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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Sunset at the farm at Capitol Reef
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A truly unique experience at a National Park is… picking fruit? Yes, you can pick fruit at Capitol Reef National Park. Read these two articles on detailed information on how to pick your own fruit here. P.S. It is peach season and up next is pears.

Plan To Visit Capitol Reef National Park During Harvesttime

Those are some of the tasty treasures that await you at Capitol Reef National Park, and they’re yours for the pickin’. There also are some almond and walnut trees in historic Fruita, a settlement dating to 1880 when Mormon missionaries …

Publish Date: 04/16/2010 0:02

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Pick Peaches in Capitol Reef National Park | Bryce Canyon | NileGuide

Fruit harvest is in full swing at Capitol Reef National Park. Home of the Park system’s oldest and largest fruit orchards, the delicious crops are available to the public for picking throughout the season. What’s in season right now? …

Publish Date: 08/23/2010 18:28

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We all love our dogs and want only the best for them. However, our furry friends need help in knowing what is safe and what isn’t. Rattlesnakes attract dogs with their movements and it is our job to keep our pets safe by teaching them what to do if they see a rattlesnake. Here are some articles on how to train your dog.

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BEST DOG ON THE BLOCK Dog Tips Rattlesnake Aversion Trainingby Mark Siebel – Owner – DOGGIE STEPS Dog TrainingDogs are man’s best friend…NOT rattlesnakes.

Publish Date: 03/31/2010 8:10

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Lowering the Risk of Rattlesnake Bites in Dogs

There are a few ways to prepare before you and your dog head out on the trail in rattlesnake country. These tips can help prevent a bite.

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… especially in a new place to explore, however, our loveable pups are notorious for ferreting out snakes in the outdoors. Campers and hikers who learn a few tips on avoiding snakes and handling snake bites in dogs may save a dog’s

Publish Date: 04/05/2010 22:02

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“Looking for an excuse to take a hike? Then head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and help rangers identify the locations of ash trees in the park.

During an upcoming stretch of Saturdays park biologists will be working to collect data and map locations of ash trees in parts of the park. And they’d be happy to have your help.

The dates to choose from are: Saturday August 28 (at Smokemont Campground in N.C.), Saturday September 11 (at Oconaluftee in N.C.), Saturday September 25 (at Deep Creek in N.C.), or Saturday, October 2 (at a location to be determined in Tennessee). On each of these dates the scheduled field activity will run from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.” Click here for more information on this opportunity.

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