Getting back to nature at Yosemite National Park

Sun, snow, birds, deer, squirrels, elusive black beers and an abundance of pure nature, all part of Yosemite National Park in California, USA.

Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Floor - the first shot I took when I arrived

Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Floor – the first shot I took when I arrived

For years I’ve wanted to go to Yosemite National Park, ever since I watched the Time-lapse by Project Yose. It lived up to my expectations and warmed my heart to see such amazing nature, variety of greens, gigantic trees and stunning unbelievable mountains all around.

Sitting at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Sitting at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

I stayed at Yosemite Mountain Bug Hostel, which was about 45mins to an hour away (by the YARTS shuttle bus) from the National Park, but it had lovely hot showers and the most comfortable memory foam mattress beds that I’ve ever slept in. Every night I’d fall asleep straight away, granted I was exhausted, but those beds were a welcome sight.

I had three whole days in the park and two travel days. I took two buses and a train from San Francisco to get there, but it was well worth it. I had every type of weather. Stunning sunshine on my first day, cloud and light rain on the second and snow and rain on the third. Yet, every day was magical to me.

Standing at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Standing at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

There were some beautiful birds, deer and squirrels, but sadly I never saw any of the black bears. Unlike South America I wasn’t there for the wildlife, instead it was the pure nature that wowed me.

Ground Squirrel, Yosemite National Park

Ground Squirrel, Yosemite National Park

Deer in Yosemite National Park

Deer in Yosemite National Park

Without further ado, here are a few photographs from my time at Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Falls and the Valley

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls in distance

Yosemite Falls in distance

River looking out to Half Dome

River looking out to Half Dome

River in Yosemite National Park

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

Below Half Dome, Mirror Lake Trail

Below Half Dome, Mirror Lake Trail

Path below Half Dome, Mirror Lake trail

Path below Half Dome, Mirror Lake trail

Trail around Mirror Lake

Trail around Mirror Lake

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Valley Floor Loop and El Capitan

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

Fire damaged trees

Fire damaged trees

Valley Floor Loop trail, Yosemite National Park River in Yosemite National Park River in Yosemite National Park

View from Pohono Bridge, Yosemite National Park

View from Pohono Bridge, Yosemite National Park

Tunnel View

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point

Glacier Point with Half Dome

Glacier Point with Half Dome

Glacier Point with Half Dome

Glacier Point with Half Dome Glacier Point with Half Dome

Glacier Point with Yosemite Falls

Glacier Point with Yosemite Falls

If you’re interested in seeing more photographs and what inspired this trip, check the time-lapse out by Project Yose here »

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