Yosemite Valley

 Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of California, carved out by the Merced River and periodic help from different ice ages. The valley is about 8 miles (13 km) long and up to a mile deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines. A multitude of streams including Tenaya, Illilouette and Bridalveil Creeks join in the valley, and flow out of the valley’s mouth as the Merced River, which eventually flows to the Pacific Ocean. The valley is renowned for its natural beauty, and is widely regarded as the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park, attracting visitors from around the world.

What I love about this image is first and foremost the awe inspiring beauty of the valley.  It’s one of the most dramatic overlooks you will ever see.  I also love the detail in the rock faces, the contrasting light in the pines below that just go to show you how much light affects color. 

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils.