Yosemite National Park: Day 1

The first day of our visit to Yosemite was spent taking in some of the park’s most iconic views. We hit Glacier Point at mid-morning and were greeted not only by an amazing view of Yosemite Valley but also by some spectacular clouds, both above and below.

I will now bore you with five very similar pictures.

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Is it obvious that I have a total nature crush on Half Dome?

Well, then it should be equally obvious that I have a total nature crush on El Capitan, which we ogled next from Tunnel View. Here are three very similar pictures of that view.

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In fact, Tunnel View was so awesome that I returned there to take another very similar shot of sunset, only sunset never happened, even though there were a bunch of really cool clouds just waiting to turn pink.

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It would have been sort of sad and lonely waiting for the sunset that would never arrive were it not for the fact that I was surrounded by approximately 714 other photographers doing exactly the same thing. I ended up in a very nice conversation with one of the only other women there about views and hikes and sunrises.

And did I mention that earlier in the day I walked within ten feet of a mama deer and her babies, and they didn’t even flinch–just went on munching on acorns.

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It made me very very happy. And is it me, or does mama deer look like she’s smiling in this picture?

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