~YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK~

Oh, to have had as much time at Yosemite as I had at Yellowstone. I had no time to take the trails and see the waterfalls or the streams, or any wildlife. I think, I should return to Yosemite National Park one day.






The Sierra Nevada Glaciers

The ravages of wildfires

But re-growth has already begin

These stripes are in the rocks

A domed rock formation

Another example of domed rock

Trees growing from rock
Through a weathering process called exfoliation this type of granite peels away layer by layer like an onion. The granite was formed and compressed beneath an older mountain range of softer stone, which eroded away.The exposed granite expanded from internal pressure and cracked parallel to the surface. The process continues today and domes are still being formed throughout Yosemite.

More trees growing on the rocks

A red cliff

This is not the mist

It's a controled burn

Siesta Lake

This lake is dying
Eons ago a glacier left a moraine here and allowed this pond to form. It is slowly filling up and will become, first, a marsh, then a meadow, and eventually part of the forest. This pond is the closest thing to a swamp that I saw on my trek. I did see every other type of terrain imaginable on my trip.

Eventually it will join the forest

Trees mirroring the mountains

Domed peaks of Lee Vining Canyon

The same ridge in the photo at left

Domed peaks were everywhere

Trees are starting to grow on this one

A look down the canyon

And across the valley

Another view across the valley

One of the Sierra Nevada Glaciers

Tenaya Lake

Another angle

Ellery lake

More of Ellery Lake

The Sierra Nevada Glaciers

Another angle on the glaciers

A mudslide from years past

More of the Lee Vining Canyon

The road I traveled

A blast hole
The road through Yosemite, oficially known as CA120 looks a lot straighter on a map than it is on the ground. At times I thought I would travel a circle and be back to the point I was earlier. There are many places where you can photograph where you were or where you are going. (as in the photo above) 60 miles of twisty-turny. And don't forget the upsy-downsy!
The blast hole above is left from the construction of the road. They drill a long hole in the rock and insert dynamite and blast away a mountain to make a road. Let's talk about time here.
MOUNTAIN TIME: Try to imagine a rate of change like the mountains of Yosemite have seen. Measurements suggest that the Sierras are being eroded at the rate of one inch every thousand years. By contrast, the rate of human-caused change can be drastic.
HUMAN TIME: Construction workers blasted 80,000 cubic yards of rock from the mountain to form a road bed in three months. And this just in the area where I shot that photograph. Nature isn't destroying this world, we are.



The tree is a Sierra Juniper. It will grow most anywhere while other trees would perish. It's roots penetrate crevices in the rocks enabling Sierra junipers to survive blizzards, thin soil and summer glare. On the storm exposed side the branches die, while on the other side of the tree the branches flourish.
The rock in the center photo does a balancing act on the side of an large rock formation.
The rock formation on the right is an interesting formation. Can you find George Washington there?

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