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18 June 2006 @ 01:31 pm
Another weekend well spent, this time in the high Sierra-Nevada mountains at the Yosemite National park.

Yosemite Valley

Waterfall and the Merced river

A plane flies over the valley

Merced River

View from the road.

Road through the valley

Yosemite valley

A panorama of the national park

Alpine grassland

View from Glacier Point

Another beautiful waterfall

A sunny day in the valley

A rapid through the woods

Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on June 18th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Heh, reminds me of the video conferences ;-) The Rapid looks amazing!
Margaretrivendweller on June 18th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Not too far from my home! Yosimite is one of my favorite places. I remember floating down the Merced River on a raft with my twins when they were young, enjoying the waterfalls and granite monoliths all about us.

Once when we swam in the merced river I found a gold ring and thought of Bilbo Baggins. I call it my magic ring and still wear it every day.
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
You're really lucky to be living close to this wonderful place.

The Merced was flowing with ferocious force when I went there, so is there a season (probably when all the snow melts away?) when the river is much calmer to be able to swim and raft?
zhenzhizhenzhi on June 18th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! what a spectacular place!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on June 19th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Simply awesome man. Good that you find the time to go around and share this with us. Just a little more time for you left in the US isn't it?
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)
Well, it was supposed to be over a month ago, if not for a last minute change of plans.
sainath on June 19th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
super !! if only it had been a little cloudy .. nevertheless awesome images as usual :)
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
I think I should go there on an overcast day or when it's snowing. Hopefully, I can come back some day during it's winter.
depontideponti on June 19th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Thank you Yathin. We visited Yosemite last October, but there wasn't this much water then...because of that, every place we visited (we spent 3 days there) looks different! Half-Dome,however, looks the same...magnificient! Your photographs brought back lovely memories of our holiday, as well as being wonderful pictures in themselves. My niece, who lives in Fresno, climbs the sheer face of some of these hills as a pastime, sometimes spending the nights on the rock-face..a thought that makes me giddy just thinking about it!
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
I heard about the rock climbers from folks here and it's a pretty interesting weekend adventure even though it so dangerous. However, I'd rather spend that energy hiking in those wonderful alpine forests. :D
Shyam Manifox2mike on June 19th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Wow. Awesome!
sandeep: enlighteneddeepsan on June 19th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
I can just imagine the drive through the valley!
vandanavandyvandana on June 19th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
no offence to your photography skills, i find the river totally gross. may be its the color.
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
No worries. Most mountain streams I have seen are beautiful shades of green like this one.
Preethifiveonehalf on June 19th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Amazing!! The falls and the rapids look so ferocious
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
> The falls and the rapids look so ferocious

Yep, many people die each year underestimating the power of these waters.
kejnkejn on June 19th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
ZuZusuzan_s on June 19th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
WOW! Really awesome pics! I'm so glad you are getting to see some beautiful parts of America.
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on June 19th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
Nice pictures. How did you achieve that effect on the rapids? Can you please share?
Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
Get to manual mode and use the slowest possible shutter speed with the lowest aperture without over-exposing too much. That would give a nice flowing effect to the moving water. That's the basic idea but it also depends on how much of this smoothness you'd want in the water flow while thinking of the exposure settings. Thankfully, with digital cameras, we can experiment on the spot for a better picture.
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on June 19th, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
beautiful !!!
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Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
> What's the source of the waterfall in photo 3?

Melting snow on top of those monoliths!
suhassuhas on June 20th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Dude, Did AJ give you company this time ;)? Or were you alone for this adventure?
shweta_singh on June 21st, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Awe some pictures....the place looks heavenly!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on October 1st, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
And in this yosemite1,2 and 3 please.

You know they could be made into great crossword puzzles:-)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on October 3rd, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Ze reminder 2.