National Parks such as Yosemite are known for their landmarks and grandeur, but they have subtle beauty as well. Here is a photo of a moss-covered boulder on the side of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. My husband and I like to experiment with river photos that blur the water to show its movement, an effect achieved by slowing the shutter speed to 1/15th or below.
This scene is part of the path through the forest on a hike to Mirror Lake. There is an excellent shuttle bus system to take visitors to the trailhead up the valley from the main visitor facilities.
No visit or group of photos of Yosemite would be complete without a view of Half Dome, 4,737 ft. (1,444 m.) above the valley floor. The changing light and variable clouds make it a challenging and enticing subject for photos in any weather.
This is the bark of a tree. It looks like a topographical map. One of the benefits of photography is how it makes us so much more observant and appreciative of the details of nature. Without a camera, we might hike right on past, scarcely noticing these details.
My husband and I visited Yosemite during the recent Memorial Day holiday week. Lupine and other wildflowers were in bloom, to the delight of the bees, who thankfully were more interested in the flowers than they were in us.