Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall on December 6 Bridalveil Fall in the autumn  by Laura Bridalveil Fall on December 6 Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite,   Bridalveil Fall on December 6, 2015….looked especially pretty.  The cliffs above were dusted with snow; and the foliage below were robed with autumn colors. The melting snow revived the slender […]

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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Yosemite’s Mountain streets full of life and light     Mountain streets full of life and light Dear Friends, I greet you from Yosemite “Mountain streets full of life and light” are the words used to describe the canyon of Yosemite Valley by naturalist John Muir. “The most famous and accessible of these cañon valleys, […]

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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Sierra Chickaree….the brightest of Yosemite’s squirrels

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite November 16, 2015 Sierra Chickaree….the brightest of Yosemite’s squirrels love to play in the snowstorms. In Yosemite West this morning…I photographed some of the playful tracks they left in the fresh snow. They love to jump onto large diameter fallen trees…..so as to joyfully jump off from them….and […]

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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Sunday’s snowstorm on November 15

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite November 15, 2015 Sunday’s snowstorm on November 15…….was expected to arrive at 4:00am. The western sky was very colorful this morning at 6:47am…as captured in the snapshot…but still no snow! Leaving Yosemite West at 8:20am….to take some photographs before church….the snow was still not falling. To the west…the […]

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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The history of the Famous Wawona Tunnel

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite November 12, 2015 The snow capped mountains as seen from the Wawona Tunnel View aka Tunnel View was especially dramatic on the evening of November 5, 2015. The photo was taken by my ipod at 4:59pm; it is very grainy… reminding me of a watercolor. Now back to […]

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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Sunburst of joy…. cross-country skiing this morning in Yosemite West

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite November 28, 2015 The moon is in the early morning sky… a morning cross-country skiing in the wilderness of Yosemite West….gazing at a sunburst of joy shining across the snowy wilderness…brought a sunburst of joy across my heart. Nature is so beautiful this morning as I feel the […]

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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Photographs by William Neill…YOSEMITE: The Promise of Wildness

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite Photographs by William Neill…YOSEMITE: The Promise of Wildness. The book combines an inspirational essay by Tim Palmer with stunning photographs by William Neill… his photographs are simply amazing. Observations of a photographer… In YOSEMITE: The Promise of Wildness, William Neill writes, “There is little doubt about Yosemite’s uniqueness […]

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

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Badger Pass Ski Resort 2015

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite Ski Report Badger Pass Ski Resort is ready to open on Friday, December 11. To check on current ski conditions…please call (209) 372-1000 ext 5. The Badger Hotline was updated on Friday, December 4 at 8:15am… Opens Friday, December 11 Lift Pass Specials IF PURCHASED BEFORE DECEMBER 11 $199 adults […]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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Yosemite Falls after the recent thunderstorms

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite October 18, 2016   Yosemite Falls after the recent thunderstorms are singing thunderously once again!!!! The beauty that is Yosemite… is made more beautiful with the return of Yosemite Falls.Something beautiful had been missing from Yosemite Valley since the end of July.  Everyone has welcomed the return of Yosemite […]

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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The Earth speaks….at Yosemite’s Inspiration Point

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite October 12, 2015 The Earth speaks….at Yosemite’s Inspiration Point.  Inspiration Point is called just that for a reason.  Artists love to behold the view and receive its inspirations.  Park visitors love to take pictures of the view from Inspiration Point. Inspiration Point is a viewpoint on the old […]

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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Ansel Adams’ Landscape photography of Yosemite

Ansel Adams’ Landscape photography of Yosemite is dramatic and spiritual. “Ansel’s landscape photographs of Yosemite depict Yosemite as a pristine, timeless, and indestructible paradise,”  writes Therese Lichtenstein in her book:  MASTER OF LIGHT…Ansel Adams and His Influences.   Below are some thoughts of the author….  His landscape photographs serve as visual documents of a particular […]

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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Father Stephen climbs the Nose….on El Capitan !!!

Father Stephen and his climbing partner Paul reached the summit at noon on Thursday 9, 2015. Or as the rock climbers say,”He was off the wall at noon on Thursday!” El Cap has two main faces, the Southwest (on the left when looking directly at the wall) and the Southeast. Between the two faces juts […]

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Veil

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 13, 2015 Today there was a veil over Yosemite Valley….a delicate veil of smoke from…..the fire.  It looked like a veil made of lace. The smell of smoke was absent. Fire and smoke are part of Nature….they have a purpose.  A light breeze….even the raven was being […]

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Yosemite National Park 125th anniversary…inspiring generations

Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 28, 2015 Look at the NPS anniversary announcements.  Yosemite    National Park  125th Anniversary  Inspiring Generations Generations of families have been returning year after year to Yosemite part of a family tradition. We at Scenic Wonders have been fortunate to have met some of these families……now with great […]

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Famous Rock Climbers present evening programs at the 12th Annual Yosemite Facelift

Evening programs at the Yosemite Valley Theatre Tues 9/22 through Friday /25, plus dinner and music for volunteers on Sunday 9/27 This year’s evening programs at the Yosemite Valley Theatre (Tuesday-Friday ) included presentations by famous rock climbers…..Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell, JP Ouellet, Cheyne Lempe, Kate Rutherford, Katie Lambert, Eric Bissell, Skiy Detray, and Chantel Astorga. Other evening events included the […]

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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A Colorful Yosemite West Sunrise

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 12, 2015 A Colorful Yosemite West Sunrise delighted us on May 30, 2015….at 6:40am. I wanted to share with you this photo and some inspired text………..it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.  How beautiful are all the works of Nature…can one ever see enough of […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Yosemite maker of Baskets, Julia Parker shares some stories at her Farewell Gathering…….

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite July 17, 2015 The first time you saw Yosemite…. “Before arriving in Yosemite Valley, we stopped at Cascade Fall….. I see that water coming down;  and I thought to myself….that’s just beautiful water and….so as we came to Yosemite Falls….the waterfalls weren’t coming over the cliff.  Later,  I […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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In Yosemite West today water and….color…

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 15, 2015 In Yosemite West today….water…..and….color…..mix together to produce a beautiful watercolor effect upon the landscape.  Yesterday morning…color is all around me.  The beautiful colors of the autumn season are now upon us.  Yesterday in the late afternoon….a light rain…..dropped down upon us as the air temperature […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Yosemite’s summer lavender flower still blooming along the roadside….this Labor Day

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 8, 2015 The pretty lavender bouquets of flowers have been growing and blooming…for about a month now.  The small flower……grows and grows…..as it branches and re-branches throughout the summer…bringing such beauty to the roadside….an ocean of color…as the branches grow up to 24-inches tall.  As a deer […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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The Wild Turkey of Yosemite West

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September  8, 2015 The Wild turkey of Yosemite West was in my front yard when I arrived home this afternoon.  I set the  ipod to camera mode……and the wild turkey let me take his picture.   He did not make the throaty sound of a male turkey….a gooble.  The Wild […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Birdwatching this Autumn in Yosemite

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 5, 2015   Birdwatching this Autumn in Yosemite is a wonderful activity for us…as we watch the activities of the birds.  Watching their habits of moving and feeding in the open, the brilliant colors exhibited by many species, the graceful flight possessed by most, and the musical […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Yosemite Valley Stables Close on October 31, 2015

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite A long Yosemite tradition comes to an end on October 31, 2015…..when the Yosemite Valley Stables close…..forever. Yosemite Valley Stables…2 hour scenic horse rides will cease…forever…on October 31 Yosemite Valley Stables…4 hour scenic horse rides will cease…forever…on Labor Day To experience Yosemite Valley from the saddle, go on […]

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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FREE Yosemite Park Pass For Students & Their Families

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite September 2, 2015 On September 2, Yosemite National Park announced….. Yosemite National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the Park. The 4th grade students will receive free entrance as part of the White House’s new “Every Kid in a Park program” The program provides a free annual pass for fourth grade […]

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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The gift of a Glacier Point sunrise.

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite August 3, 2015 The gift of a Glacier Point sunrise… because there…. On setting out on a journey to Yosemite, one should include in that journey…a Glacier Point sunrise…you will be surprised….to the gift awaiting you. On June 26, I was enjoying all the simplicity that Nature offers […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Phil with a group of future Junior Rangers in the Indian Cultural Exhibit.

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite Indian cultural demonstrator Phil…with a dad and his daughter, participating in the Junior Ranger Program.  Photo by Laura On Sunday, July 19, a family participating in the Junior Ranger Program came to visit the Indian Cultural Exhibit within the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Valley.  Phil Johnson is an […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Former First Lady Laura Bush Joins Yosemite National Park

Former First Lady Laura Bush Joins Yosemite National Park

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite I would have liked to have been there to see the re-dedication of Tioga Road… to see Laura Bush……and the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road leads the traveller to the high mountains of Yosemite and…. to Tuolumne Meadows…and to many wonderful adventures.The summer I worked in Tuolumne Meadows, […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Beautiful thunderstorm clouds building up…in the distance….from Yosemite West

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite West August 1, 2015 Today, I wanted check on the growth of this most unusual plant that I had found a couple of months ago growing in Yosemite West…. and to take another picture of it.  I did!   Another post to follow!  But on the way back, the […]

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

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A light and fluffy day in Yosemite West.

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite A light and fluffy day in Yosemite West. While jogging to Bear Heaven, I saw a young coyote, his tail was so thick and fluffy.  photo 8:55am. The clouds were quite fluffy this morning as well. Then the fluffy clouds became dark. A few welcomed raindrops…and soon…..soft rainbow […]

Friday, August 28th, 2015

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Half Dome Rockfall

Half Dome Rockfall….destroys a section of its most popular technical rock climbing route… Northwest Face of Half Dome Route Half Dome…an icon of the Park is climbed by hundreds of hikers and technical rock climbers each year. A thin layer of granite exfoliated* from the NW face of Half Dome and fell from halfway up […]

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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The Waterfalls of Yosemite

Dear Friends I greet you from Yosemite July 19, 2015 The Waterfalls of Yosemite were beautiful today…as they were….leaping with joy!!!………thankful for the recent thunderstorms!!!! Before the recent thunderstorms, the falls were simply resting…….something we should all do. “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while……Nature will begin to teach you many things.” […]

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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The Washington Lily in Yosemite West

The Washington Lily in Yosemite West Although it is an uncommon wildflower to find growing in Yosemite, I am delighted to see a few beauties growing from my deck.  The Washington Lily is one of Yosemite’s most special wildflowers….reminiscent of the Easter lilies.  This year I found some in bloom on June 24…and took some […]

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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Scarlet Gilia….Blooming Right Now

I promised to take pictures for you……. of the beautiful carpet of scarlet gilia growing on a sandy area along the trail to Dewey Point.!!!  I hope the pictures invite you to hike the McGurk Meadow trail….at least to the 2.5 mile marker.  The beautiful pussy paws growing on sandy slope with a mass of […]

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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Eagle Peak….Happy 4th of July !!!

The bald eagle is a large eagle of North America, with a white-feathered head.  It is the symbol of our wonderful United States of America and her freedom.  Bald eagles once flew freely throughout California and Yosemite;  they are now an endangered species.  Photographs of bald eagles in Yosemite’s backcountry and along her Merced River […]

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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Summer Thunder, Lightning and Rain this morning in Yosemite

Waking up to the welcomed sound of rain this morning……. was peaceful. The rolling thunder…… was gentle. Lightening…… always gets my attention. Yesterday, I took some pictures of colorful clouds…..a storm was approaching. The streaks of light painted across the clouds reminded me of lightening….from Crosby and Nash…Page 43  Look around again….rainbows all around…..can you […]

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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After 68 years…Yosemite says Farewell to Dr. Julia Parker on Friday, July 17…..Ahwahnee Hotel

World renowned basket maker and cultural ambassador, Julia Parker has retired.  We’ll be celebrating Dr. Parker’s 68 year legacy in Yosemite National Park on Friday, July 17th! This public event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Ahwahnee Hotel. ********** I found the following story written by Julia, in 2004…..from National Park Foundation […]

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Sierra Rein Orchid

An orchid is always a “find,” and I recognize with delight one of Yosemite’s most radiant orchids, the Sierra Rein Orchid…..Habenaria dilatata var. leuchstacys.   This variation of the Sierra Rein Orchid decorating this part of the meadow…..sits among the Camus Lilies and Shooting Stars. The first time I met this flower was in Tuolumne Meadows […]

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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Summit Meadow’s Camas Lily

In early summer some of Yosemite’s most colorful wildflower displays are seen in the meadows along the Glacier Point Road.  The floral display at Summit Meadow is quite spectacular right now.  The extraordinarily beautiful carpet of blue flowers growing in Summit Meadow is shown in the picture I took for you.  In the foreground is […]

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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Yosemite Deer and Deer Brush along the Deer Camp Road Trail

The wildflowers along the Deer Camp Road Trail brightened my day as I jogged this morning!  The clouds did their part as well….to brighten my day.  I hope you enjoy the picture of the purple sky with the pink ray…and the top of the pine tree. There was a brief drizzle of rain earlier in […]

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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Hiking to Westfall Meadow and to the View of Turner Ridge.

What a wonderful day and hike…. rainbow colors in the clouds….a rainbow of colors provided by the many wildflowers along the trail and in West fall Meadow….and meeting a happy fisherman even though he did not see any rainbow trout or any fish along Bridalveil Creek. It is a most enjoyable and easy hike to […]

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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Sitting on this flowered Yosemite hillside…. with inexpressible delight

When I came upon this flowered hillside yesterday….I knew I would return today. To spend another hour or so sitting among the wildflowers, bees, and butterflies… would be delightful.  Today there was a light breeze;  and the tall white-blossomed bisorts look pretty bending with the breeze. To enjoy seeing the beautiful harlequin lupine again…sitting so […]

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Mountain Rose

Dear Friends, I greet you from Yosemite The beautiful Yosemite mountain roses are beginning to bloom.  The Mountain Rose.   Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana  Yosemite’s rose belongs to the Rose Family. Rosaceae A shrub with prickly stems and flowers of pink, etc. Yosemite’s rose belongs to the Rose Genus. Rosa.    Flowers pinkish ……… Fruits an akene……a dry, […]

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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Hiking to Yosemite’s Taft Point

Dear Friends, I greet you from Yosemite My favorite short hike along the Glacier Point Road ………is Taft Point.  This would be my first hike there since the death of my neighbor Dean Potter…the famous climber.  When I reached Taft Point, there was a young man who knew Dean.  He had just changed his mind […]

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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A perfect spring morning in Yosemite Valley.

Wawona Road Driving to the Valley from Yosemite West….the snow has melted from the recent spring storm….but there are still white snowflakes in some of trees.  These snowflakes are the beautiful blossoming mountain dogwood….which sparkled brilliantly in the early morning sun….They can be easily seen growing along HWY 41….at Alvalanche Creek and Grouse Creek. Harlequin […]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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Hiking Yosemite’s Dewey Point Trail

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite Today…the mountains shouted with glee;  and the clouds from the heavens smiled upon Dewey Point…. and upon the views surrounding her.  Today…nature is rejoicing;  and one can feel the joy of Nature in one’s own heart.   Spending a good hour at Dewey Point was the whole point of […]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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Rare Snow Plant in Yosemite West

Friends I greet you from Yosemite The snow plant is rare and is protected by law.  There is a heavy fine for picking or otherwise disturbing any one of these rare beauties.The snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) is more admired by tourists than any other plant in California.  It is red, fleshy, and watery;  and looks […]

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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Looking Ahead to the Yosemite Autumn

Summer’s just kicking into gear in Yosemite, which means, actually, that it’s the perfect time to start thinking ahead to autumn! Every season’s wonderful in Yosemite, but it’s hard to beat the virtues of a Sierra Nevada fall. There’s really no better time to hit the trails, for one thing: The warm (but not summertime hot), sunny […]

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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Yosemite Landmarks: The Iconic Jeffrey Pine of Sentinel Dome

An easy and scenery-rich day hike off Glacier Point Road brings you to the remains of one of Yosemite’s most cherished landmarks: the Jeffrey pine of Sentinel Dome. This gnarled mountaintop veteran, immortalized by Ansel Adams and countless other shutterbugs, perished from drought in the late 1970s and finally toppled in 2003. Its bleached wood, though, remains a stirring […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Yosemite’s 125th anniversary

On October 1, 2015, the Park will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yosemite National Park. President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation, thereby creating the nation’s third National Park. The establishment of Yosemite National Park preserved over 1,500 square miles of land including Tuolumne Meadows, the park’s high country, Hetch Hetchy and lands […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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The Range of Light at the snowy Clark Range View

Birds were singing cheerfully up at 4:00am…a day off ….so…off to Washburn Point and Glacier Point…to take sunrise photos…a family sharing a joyous sunrise together…brewing some coffee on a small camp-stove……a veteran…still carrying equipment…but of a different sort…photography gear….The lightness in his heart and step as our paths crossed on the way to Glacier Point. […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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The Yosemite Valley after last night’s wonderful storm

Last night in Yosemite West…… thunder once an hour in the afternoon….but by 6:10pm   rain, hail, thunder……until 8:00pm awesome sky…the almost 1/4 moon rises ….with clouds and beautiful colors surrounding her…10:50pm.  The waterfalls of Yosemite Valley….would now be flowing more fully…..and the conditions were perfect for tomorrow’s celestial clouds in Yosemite Valley…yes, an awesome day….spent […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Yosemite Conservancy’s “A Plant Walk with Naturalist Michael Ross”

We met at 1:00pm in front of the Art Activity Center in Yosemite Valley……ready to gain knowledge of Yosemite’s plants…..especially the wildflowers…. Naturalist Michael Ross led us on a most pleasant and interesting plant walk in the Yosemite Valley…..we met quite a few flowers who were in bloom today. Michael is a gifted naturalist….his mentor was […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Summertime Fun in Yosemite

With this past season’s notably scanty snowfall, the Yosemite summer is steamrolling along ahead of schedule. Here’s a quick sketch of the many activities our Scenic Wonders guests can partake in during the next several months. This is the height of the Sierra Nevada tourism season; if these delights pique your interest, remember to book […]

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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Master Hunter of Yosemite: The Peregrine Falcon

From late winter through mid-summer, some of the climbing routes in Yosemite National Park are closed by the Park Service for a very special purpose. Peregrine falcons—without question one of the most magnificent birds in the world—nest on Yosemite’s sheer cliffs. Because these raptors are so vulnerable to disturbance when brooding, and because they’re a “special […]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Dean Potter (Age 43) Climbing Legend, Passes Away

Friends I greet you from Yosemite May 18, 2015   Yosemite West neighbor…..Dean Potter….Climbing Legend…among 2 dead in base jump attempt the rock climbing community lost one of its own this Saturday the yosemite community lost one of its own this Saturday the Yosemite West community lost one of its own this Saturday i lost […]

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Sitting in Yosemite’s Peregoy Meadow

The Sign reads Glacier Point Road Closing today at 8:00pm. Just up the road in about .5 mile, a Sign of Spring, Blooming dogwood trees. About 4.5 miles up the road a Sign of Spring SNOW PLANTS….or a Sign of Spring Snow…well it is suppose to snow tonight hence the reason for the first sign. […]

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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A Bridalveil Creek Picnic with buttercups and frogs.

A couple of picnic tables, a beautiful creek,  lodgepole pine trees, granite slabs, fresh air, wildflowers, picturesque scenery,  a good appetite after an early morning hike, and on this day glorious colorful clouds.  The picnic tables along the creek provide the perfect spot to enjoy a pleasurable outing to eat an outdoor meal.  The flat […]

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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Bighorns in Yosemite

Only the lucky and the intrepid have a chance of spotting them, but Yosemite’s northeastern high country is home to one of the park’s rarest creatures: the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. With this year’s meager snowpack, Scenic Wonders guests may have an earlier start on accessing the mountain realm of these noble beasts. And even if […]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Tunnel View

The clouds rest on Yosemite’s Half Dome. First View of Yosemite Valley coming from Yosemite West along HWY 41. To catch the drama of the late afternoon light on Yosemite’s cliff walls, stop at the pullout at the first view of the Valley.  On this day, photographers were capturing the beauty of the clouds resting […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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The Beauty of the Rainbows

In honor John Muir, who was born on this date, happy earth day as well !!! An excerpt from The Yosemite by John Muir. The Bridalveil and Vernal Falls are famous for their rainbows; and special vsits to them are often made when the sun shines into the spray at the most favorale angle.  But […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Spring Snow and Mountain Dogwood

Yesterday’s spring snow storm was warmly welcomed.  Wednesday’s evening sky told of the approaching storm. So….yesterday’s morning sky…at 6:30am…looked like a watercolor painting….as it continued to shower down snow on the mountainsides….and on the mountain dogwood trees in Yosemite West. Yosemite’s Mountain Dogwood tree, when in blossom, already reminds me of a beautiful tree covered […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Yosemite Artist Steve Curl

Yosemite Artist Steve Curl:  Catch Yosemite’s Light in Watercolor Workshop. I was looking forward to this workshop for months…..to try watercoloring. At the workshop offered by Yosemite Art Center: Steve had a few pieces of work on display.   Beautiful…setting a mood…speaking to one’s heart… Steve’s Watercolor:  Twilight at Olmsted Point…..has the beautiful colors of twilight…..orange […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Honoring the Yosemite Land Grant of 1864

We all justly celebrate Yellowstone, designated in 1872, as the world’s first national park. Not everyone knows, however, that even earlier seeds for the idea of long-term preservation of public lands were planted in our very own Yosemite country. On June 30, 1864—as the Civil War was raging, no less—President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant […]

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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Take the Ultimate Yosemite Day Hike: Half Dome Cables Are Up!

Few Yosemite adventures are as rewarding—or as challenging—as trekking to the summit of Half Dome, that 8,800-foot granite fist internationally known as a symbol of the park’s singular beauty. The National Park Service recently announced that the cables that assist in the ascent of Half Dome’s summit will be available beginning Saturday, May 2—significantly earlier than usual, given […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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John Muir’s Birthday

We’re fresh on the heels of the birthday of one of Yosemite’s true heroes, the great Scottish-American naturalist and conservationist John Muir—born April 21, 1838. Muir’s irremovably linked to the story of Yosemite National Park: His infatuation with the Sierra Nevada was love at first sight, and he labored tirelessly for Yosemite’s preservation as he […]

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Yosemite Art Workshop

YOSEMITE ART CENTER Sign up for the upcoming art workshop. CATCH YOSEMITE’S LIGHT in WATERCOLOR With Steve Curl….April 11th, 2015 in Yosemite Valley Friends I greet you from Yosemite Artist Steve Curl creates beautiful watercolor paintings.. His style of watercolor painting is amazing. Steve has been teaching a Watercolor Workshop as a visiting instructor for the Yosemite […]

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Glacier Point Road Opens

By 6:30am, March 28, the photographers were already in place at Glacier Point…to capture the sunrise over Yosemite’s majestic peaks.  A group of college students on spring break were enjoying the beginning of a new day…welcoming the radiant warmth of the sunshine.  A new season for the Glacier Point Road…with a very early opening date…as […]

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Yosemite’s Black Bears

Many visitors to Yosemite are eager to see a black bear; some hope they don’t. All over the world, bears arouse powerful feelings in human beings: of awe, of fear, of kinship. Without a doubt, spotting a free-roaming bear anywhere—least of all in the mighty landscape of the Sierra Nevada—is a thrilling experience. These charismatic […]

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Share Your Favorite Yosemite Memories!

As we wrote earlier, it’s a mighty special year here at Scenic Wonders: 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Yosemite National Park! We’ll be commemorating the occasion here on the Scenic Wonders blog throughout the year. And, of course, we welcome you to come join in the celebration by staying at one of our […]

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

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Yosemite Beauty Update

Friends I greet you from Yosemite March 1, 2015 Saturday’s storm brought rain to Yosemite Valley; snow line was at Grouse Creek. Yosemite West at 6000′ received a few inches. There were lots of people taking pictures at Tunnel View this Sunday morning as I drove to the Valley. Myself included. The mountains were whitened by the snow. […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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The Tracks of Yosemite’s Chickaree

Friends I greet you from Yosemite. Saturday February 28, 2015 The snow was beginning to fall at bedtime…by early rising…the snow is still falling….gently…a calm and pretty morning….whitened with the beauty of the snow. Snow flurries for most of the day. Time to go play outside in snow… or to take a family walk. A dad stops at […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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The birds are Springing for joy

Friends I greet you from Yosemite I asked, “What do you see?” “A robin,” he answered. He and his wife had binoculars because….they are birdwatchers…members of the National Audubon Society. Two days later, I was out photographing, when I saw some movement in a seemingly lifeless tree….a bunch of dead branches …… I switched to […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Dear Yosemite Deer

Friends I greet you from Yosemite March 4, 2015 Why are deer so dear to us??? Yosemite’s mule deer are gentle in appearance. They put a tender feeling in our hearts. Deer are endearing….for so many reasons. Late winter storms….snow…. time to go spring skiing on my cross country touring skis. Some time to enjoy the […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Coyotes and Clouds

Friends I greet you from Yosemite Yosemite is full of wonder…bringing delight to the heart and soul. Both last night’s sky…and this morning’s sky spoke of an approaching storm. I went hiking…hopeful to take some pretty pictures. The light morning rain began…and within a half hour, it stopped. On the deer trail, there was a deer lay…not […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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It snowed!!

Friends Greetings from Yosemite February 22, 2015 Sunday’s early morning mist and clouds brought out the photographers to Tunnel View, where they were waiting for the clouds to part…to reveal a pretty picture of El Capitan, the Three Graces, Bridalveil Fall….Yosemite Valley. The Yosemite Valley sky over El Capitan was beautiful. Ribbon Fall looked graceful …and the rain […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Yosemite Tree Profile: The California Black Oak

Last time we discussed trees here at the Scenic Wonders blog, we considered a conifer of the Sierra mountain forests: the stately sugar pine. Today, let’s shift our focus to the lovely lowlands of Yosemite Valley and the tree that defines this place more than any other: the California black oak. This hefty hardwood contributes an […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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The Deer of Yosemite

A highlight of any visit to Yosemite National Park is a glimpse of the California mule deer, the most commonly seen of the park’s large mammals. Keep an eye out the window of your Scenic Wonders cabin in Yosemite West, especially around sunrise and sunset, and you might spy a little group of these graceful, […]

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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The Story Behind Yosemite’s Great Waterfalls

The approach of spring comes with the yearly anticipation of Yosemite’s world-famous waterfalls churning at their most vigorous. In an average year, the park’s falls typically reach their peak in May or June, so now’s the time to book your Scenic Wonders accommodations for the best viewing! In the past, we’ve profiled some of Yosemite’s “celebrity” […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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The National Park Service Centennial

Here at Scenic Wonders, we’re excited about two very special birthdays in 2015 and 2016. October 1st marks the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park’s establishment, a fantastic occasion we’ll devote several blog posts to in the coming months. Today, though, we want to give a nod to next year’s big party: the National Park Service Centennial! […]

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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Planning Ahead for Springtime in Yosemite

Depending on where you’re based, it may or may not feel as if winter’s days are numbered. Nevertheless, now’s the perfect time to begin planning your spring or summer visit to Yosemite National Park—and to reserve one of the delightful Scenic Wonders cabins or cottages for the trip! Our beautiful Yosemite West rentals tend to […]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Yosemite’s History of Granite

Friends I greet you from Yosemite Chickadee And Rock I heard the song of the chickadee this afternoon while running on Yosemite’s Deer Camp Road trail.  What does he sing?   Cheer up cheer up cheerily…..dee dee dee!!! He did put a smile on my face!!! at the end of my run. But while running… the […]

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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A Camera Walk with Ansel Adams

Friends I greet you from Yosemite I highly recommend the photography walk offered by The Ansel Adams Gallery.  Michael Wise lead us on a walk….with Ansel. Michael Wise.. with Yosemite Falls photo credit Laura Sefchik We met at 9:00am Saturday, January 10, 2015, in front of the Gallery. a snapshot of topics coved… Some history […]

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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Yosemite Tree Profile: The Mighty Sugar Pine

From time to time we like to spotlight Yosemite National Park’s magnificent trees, one of the major draws of the place. Nearly everyone’s heard of the giant sequoia, but this region is full of other amazing varieties, all of which contribute in their own way to the splendid conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada. You […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Ribbon Fall, Yosemite’s Tallest Waterfall….has returned

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. Ribbon Fall, Yosemite Valley’s Tallest Waterfall In a single drop of 1612 feet….has returned to provide beauty to its granite wall. Ribbon Fall, however, drops a total of 3050 feet….??? This weekend’s rain storm….swelled the River of Mercy…. The Merced. The tributaries of a Merced River are small in size […]

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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Yosemite Falls & Its Comets of Water

Friends I greet you from Yosemite The rain was pouring down heavily last night..with the wind heavy at times. Arriving at the Valley floor this Sunday morning, I was happy to see that Ribbon Fall was beautifully pouring over the cliff wall near El Capitan!!! Photographers and nature lovers were happy. A friend noticed that […]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Presidents & Yosemite

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite Presidents’ Weekend is approaching; and I remembered that a few Presidents have visited Yosemite. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress in which Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were granted to the State of California, to be preserved for all time as a nature preserve…the […]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Cozy (and Fascinating) Yosemite Attractions for a Winter’s Day

If the winter or early-spring weather in Yosemite is temporarily a bit unappetizing, fear not: There’s still plenty to do in the park, even when you’re not out skiing or snoeshoeing or hiking!   In Yosemite Valley, several museums and galleries tempt you in from the rain or snow to explore the park’s historical, cultural, […]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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Winter Hiking in Yosemite

The winter snows of Yosemite offer fantastic recreational opportunities in the form of skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and tubing. That said, those who prefer hiking boots to ski boots still generally have options this season for hoofing it on the trails. And the crisp temperatures are ideal for working up a sweat! Winter hikers are perfectly […]

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Big News: The Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite!

A story out of Yosemite has been making the rounds of national and even international news the past few days: two sightings of the incredibly rare Sierra Nevada red fox! Scientists know very little about this beautiful creature, which may exist in a population as small as 50 individuals. It’s a native subspecies of red […]

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

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Spot And Track Yosemite’s Winter Wildlife

Winter’s prime season for spotting animals in Yosemite National Park. Use one of our Scenic Wonders vacation cabins as your home base for a personal Sierra Nevada safari! And remember, if you do see an animal or identify its tracks in Yosemite, the park has a Wildlife Observation Card you can fill out and submit […]

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Dawn Wall Goes Free

They made it!!! One for the record books! One for the history books!! The First Free Climb Ascent of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Cap. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen reached the top of El Captain…together. ?It took 19 days of climbing…free climbing the Dawn Wall…with just hands and feet…but […]

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Yosemite Rock Climbers!

Friends I greet you from Yosemite, Of great interest right now are the two ROCK CLIMBERS on Yosemite’s majestic EL CAPITAN. Having an hour earlier, just taken the photography walk offered by The Ansel Adams Gallery, I was still looking up at the light… and at the beautiful clouds. A great light from the sky […]

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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Yosemite Photographer Phil Hawkins

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. Epiphany…the magi were following the light of the star. For photographers, it’s all about the light. Driving home from church, the light was perfect, so I stopped and took pics of El Capitan capped with clouds. Photographers from all over the world come to Yosemite in the pursuit of […]

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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A New Year in Yosemite

Friends I greet you from Yosemite. Happy New Year !!! It is a good day to enjoy a walk and to reflect on the past year, as well as to be thankful for another. Also, to enjoy some time for silence. The branches pruned from the trees during yesterday morning’s WINDSTORM covered the old dirt […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Yosemite Falls Rainbow

I greet you from Yosemite On Christmas Eve, the guests arrived at our Yosemite View cabin with great enthusiasm. Although long time visitors to the Park, they had never spent Christmas in Yosemite. A beautiful family, Oscar, his wife, two teenage daughters, and five year old son Noah. I had to show Noah the picture […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Badger Pass Is Now Open

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. BADGER PASS is open…let’s go to the mountains…to have some fun. Winter is for enjoying the SNOW!!! Looking for WINTER RECREATION? Looking for RE-CREATION? BADGER PASS SKI RESORT is uniquely situated within Yosemite National Park. It is the oldest ski resort in California and one of the oldest in […]

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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Yosemite’s clouds are magnificent in their beauty

Cloudy days add to the grandeur of the Park’s scenery. The mountain clouds seem to shout for joy…even when they aren’t the thunder clouds!!! Clouds inspire a “sense of wonder”!!! Nature enthusiasts and artists of all kinds love clouds. Clouds provide a dramatic touch to art and to the mountain scenery. Clouds are beautiful and […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Family Vacations in Yosemite are Unbeatable

Yosemite is one of those national parks seemingly made for family vacations. From striking rock formations to epic-sized trees, from abundant wildlife to bountiful outdoor recreation, this jewel of the Sierra Nevada has something to amaze all ages. Endless opportunities for family activities await—and your Scenic Wonders cabin amenities are just the icing on the […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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I Greet you from Yosemite

Yesterday, the trackless snow was beautiful and pristine just after the gentle snow storm. The morning sky’s beauty warmed my heart; there were gentle but still glorious clouds floating above our little community of Yosemite West. Today, the snow is covered with tracks, which tell many stories. As you learn to read tracks, a beautiful […]

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Yosemite Winter Specials from Scenic Wonders

Winter offers some of Yosemite’s most awe-inspiring vistas and richest opportunities for outdoor fun. There’s also no cozier time to curl up in front of a roaring fire in a Scenic Wonders chalet or cottage. You’ll be excited to know we’re offering special winter rates to make it all the more affordable for you to […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Early Booking: The Key To Securing the Best Yosemite Cabins

The impeccable Scenic Wonders cabins and condos in Yosemite West offer some of the most convenient access of any vacation rentals in the Yosemite National Park area. The key to having your pick of our wonderful offerings is early booking: An early cabin rental gives you the best chance to both secure your first-choice dates […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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