Phil drove me to the Ansel Adams Gallery so I could participate in the Photo Walk that started at 9 am. It was a bit brisk, 37 degrees.
Mike, our tour guide, works at the Ansel Adams Gallery. We headed out to the meadow. He showed us photos that Adams did. Talked about Adams' theories. Then encouraged us to experiment.
It was also a walk learning about Yosemite. The strip down the wall is where Yosemite Falls would flow. The Falls is totally dependent on melting snow, no river or stream feed it. It has been dry since August if not earlier. The first drop of the Falls is 1,430 ft. Second drop is 675 ft. Third is 320 ft. Total of 2,425 ft. Tallest falls in the U. S.
As we walked farther in the meadow we come upon 3 deer just relaxing in the morning sun.
This one was just chewing and chewing away.
Can you see the person walking in the meadow? Shows the vastness of the area!
This is the only Elm tree in the Park. It was planted early in the 1900's.
Before I wouldn't have thought of taking a photo of milkweed seeds. But Mike talked about back lighting.
Another example of back lighting. I learned so much on this Walk. Throughout the day I found myself looking at taking photos in a different. Oh, I still took a lot of traditional photos too.
After lunch we hiked to Mirror Lake passing the Merced River along the way.
Different view of Half Dome. Mirror Lake usually dries up. You can see the sand.
Huge boulders cluttered along the way.
Those are full size trees growing on the mountain ledge.
We took the shuttle bus to #6 stop to join on the Merced Meanders walk led by Ranger Phil.
There are miles of walkways. Just an awesome place.
We have seen 3 or 4 deer each day. Even a coyote crossing the street.
The Merced River just meandering along. We talked to the camper next to us. She brings her 6 year old grandson in the fall when the waters are calm.
We took the shuttle bus back to our RV, had supper and took the bus again to the Garden Terrace at the Lodge for a Ranger talk. He talked about the inception of the National Parks. He is American Indian. He talked about the Parks relations with the Indians.
Bus back to our RV and off to bed. Another full day at Yosemite.