Yosemite National Park | Fall 2016

"It is by far the grandest of all of the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter. It must be the sanctum sanctorum of the Sierras…I must return to the mountains—to Yosemite. I am told that the winter storms there will not be easily borne, but I am bewitched, enchanted, and tomorrow I must start for the great temple to listen to the winter songs and sermons preached and sung only there." -John Muir

Yosemite National Park sat on my mind, unseen by my eyes, beckoning for years. It drove the purpose and planning of my trip. I needed to visit and see for myself this place of wonder, lauded by everyone who has ever had the privilege of entering. Perhaps the single most epic feature of Yosemite is El Capitan. The granite monolith reaches about 3,000 feet from base to summit on its tallest face, and the craziest thing is that PEOPLE CLIMB IT. My friends and I sat and ate dinner under the giant rock wall as the sunset creeped up the face, and, well, I don’t know that I can explain it. Joy-induced-panic as I felt powerless to capture, much less comprehend, the sight. Also heavily featured in this set of pictures: views of the Valley from Sentinel Dome (complete with a gloriously hazy sunset) and Cloud's Rest, and multiple angles of Half Dome. This was my first visit to Yosemite and far from my last.

Yosemite National Park became the 3rd National Park on October 1, 1890, and is located in the Sierra Nevadas of Central California.

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All pictures by Karl Magnuson & Rachel Ware
Canon 6D, Canon 60D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L