Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada was designated in 1864 and was the first US National Park. It covers over one million square miles of towering granite cliffs, giant sequoia forests, lakes, mountains, glaciers, rivers and waterfalls. Made famous by Ansel Adams’s iconic photography it is the most popular park in the US, with over four million people visiting each year, mostly to the tiny seven square miles of the Yosemite Valley. It is a Mecca for landscape photographers of all abilities. We have photographed the park in both Spring and Autumn; reflected in our images in this gallery. Although the park remains stunningly beautiful it is under constant threat: the huge impact of so many tourists, wild fires (the Rim Fire in 2013 and the Meadow Fire in 2014 burned 400 square miles), outbreaks of disease that kill humans (Hantavirus in the Deer mice population in 2012 and the Plague in the Squirrel and Chipmunk population in 2016), and on our latest visit the devasting impact of Bark Beetles which have killed 66 million mature trees across the Sierra Mountains. It’s always difficult photographing in the shadow of Ansel Adams but we hope you enjoy our images of Yosemite, which have the advantage of colour, something Adams did not. If you like our images please leave positive comments in the Guestbook, share with your friends via social media or consider ordering a print for yourself.
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