Yosemite National Park

Be prepared to crane your neck, rub your eyes and shake your head. You’ve come to a place sculpted by stone giants, where the air shudders from the thunder of torrents unleashed by the gods of snow-capped summits. The horizons of its valley are outlined by granite walls thousands of feet tall. You must look way up to see the sky.

The view from the crest of Vernal Fall. In the background, spray-stained granite walls vault above the Mist Trail.

Half Dome viewed from Snow Creek Trail, elevation 6,800', across Tenaya Canyon at a distance of 2 miles.

A good day to be gliding on Tenaya Lake's cooling waters, 8,149' above sea level.

Nevada Fall provides the backdrop for the Merced River’s canyon-carving descent toward Vernal Fall.

Merced River and Cathedral Spires.

 The pilothouse and prow of the granite battleship known as North Dome and Washington Column.

A stream below Bridalveil Fall.

Tuolumne Meadow viewed from Lembert Dome.

Interlude beneath Nevada Fall.

The Merced below Vernal Fall.

Great red paintbrush, Snow Creek Trail.

Bridalveil Fall.

Pacific stonecrop, Lembert Dome.

The view from Mirror Lake in early evening.

Don't forget to wear a poncho on the Mist Trail.

Viewed from the valley floor, the iconic face of Half Dome dominates the horizon. But from Glacier Point, above, Half Dome is revealed as the mere tip of a colossal granite iceberg.

Mountain pride penstemon adorns the John Muir Trail.

The Merced cannonades off the rim of Nevada Fall.

The largest exposed mass of granite on planet Earth, El Capitan rises 3,500 feet above the 4,000-foot floor of Yosemite Valley.

Snow plant, Snow Creek Trail.

Viewed from Yosemite Point in late morning, the face of Half Dome is veiled in shadow.

The Upper Cascade of Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America. 

Leafy aster, Tuolumne Meadow.

Bridalveil Fall.