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Yosemite's Half Dome with Dogwood Blossoms

After entering the park and stopping to review the formation and erosion of Yosemite’s rocks, we stop at two of the less-known waterfalls that are unmarked on most maps or road signs.



After the first two stops, we head up toward Glacier Point where we get spectacular views of the Clark Range, Mt. Starr King, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and more…

Clark Range
Mount Starr King

Vernal Falls

Nevada Fall











On special occasions, we may view one of Yosemite’s brown Black Bears. This time of year, they are usually foraging for insects inside fallen logs.

Foraging BearYosemite Bear

As the snow melts, the snow plants emerge; without chlorophyll, they help in the decomposition of the organic matter on the forest floor.

Snow Plant

After lunch, we descend and enter Yosemite Valley, stopping at Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. If the sun is just right, we sometimes see a rainbow on Bridalveil Fall. While the spring run-off is underway, Silver Strand Fall is also visible from Tunnel View.

Yosemite's Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall RainbowSilver Strand Fall











Entering the Valley, we usually we get an excellent view of Ribbon Fall, the highest single-drop waterfall in North America. El Capitan offers opportunities to reflect on how small we really are, especially while viewing rock-climbers while they scale its massive walls.

Ribbon FallYosemite's El Capitan











Sentinel Rock stands erect over the central portion of the Valley.

Sentinel Rock

As we continue up the Valley, Upper Yosemite Fall draws our attention, and the high river offers photo opportunities for reflections.

Yosemite Falls

And when apple trees bloom, we get a sense of the historic background of the Old Village as well as its lovely setting.

Yosemite Falls with Apple Blossoms

As we near the upper end of the Valley, we can see Half Dome, framed by flowering dogwood trees.

Yosemite's Half Dome with Dogwood Blossoms

With good timing, one can catch a crescent moon rising over Half Dome.

Crescent Moon rising over Half Dome

Our last stop at Valley View gives us a chance to reflect on our wonderful day in Yosemite.

Valley View


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