Yosemite National Park

I took these pictures around Yosemite Valley, in Yosemite National Park, in the high Sierra Nevada country of California.  I visited the park in October -- the crowds were gone, but so was most of the water.  All but a few of the waterfalls were dry.  Bridalveil Falls was one of the exceptions - but the flow was very "wispy" - not much water at all.  And the skies were occasionally filled with smoke from nearby forest fires.  Undaunted by these conditions, the beauty of this special place prevailed anyway.
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Yosemite Valley Gateway.
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Yosemite Valley Gateway


Almost sunset, Yosemite Valley, reflected in Merced River.
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Reflections, Merced River


Sunrise, first light strikes El Capitan, Yosemite Valley.
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El Capitan at Sunrise

View of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, looking east from Glacier Point.
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Glacier Pt. Panorama PANORAMA


Half Dome, Yosemite Valley
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Half Dome>


View of Yosemite Valley, looking east from the valley floor, with El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls visible.
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Yosemite-Meadow View
PANORAMA

Yosemite Valley, Sentinel Rocks, Sunset.
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Yosemite Sunset PANORAMA


View of Yosemite Valley, looking east from Tunnel Road, with El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome visible.
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Yosemite-Tunnel View
PANORAMA

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