Last weekend of October I had an opportunity to visit my favourite place – Yosemite National Park. I am fortunate enough to live “only” 4.5 hours away from it. That is considered close proximity in California. I take advantage of that and try to go there multiple times a year. Because of that, quite often I get to hear “Yosemite again?? What’s there to see so many times!”
The thing is, I feel at home there.
In the words of Lord Byron –
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
For me, it’s not just a collection of parking spaces for the attractions in the park. Yosemite needs to be explored.
A sunny day is stunning there, but storm clouds make it even more of a dramatic place.
Clouds skimming over El Capitan
Tall, ancient granite formations with cascading waterfalls surround you while you walk in the wide meadows and through groves of trees.
Water droplets catch the sunlight and gleam on grass and leaves.
The Merced river flows through it all, sometimes raucous and sometimes whispering.
Season and weather change often, and Yosemite changes with them.
While I love to hike the mountains and walk the meadows, sometimes I like to just sit at our favourite places in the park with my husband. He reads while I paint.
That is my Yosemite and I love it. It has been there long before us and it will continue to be there long after.
I was going through the photos I took there in October, always good for my spirit. I hope they bring joy to you as well.
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