Photographing the Beauty Of Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is truly one of the classic landscape photography locations in the world. Ansel Adams created one of the first of his stunning images on Half Dome in 1927. Yosemite is a place of special meaning for me since it was one of the first places I began to take my photography seriously. Great photography locations are everywhere when you visit Yosemite Valley views with the big walls, waterfalls, Half Dome, and the Merced River can offer many compositions only limited by your imagination. The iconic locations are good places to explore your creativity while trying to put you own vision on the sevens from places such as the view of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View or Valley View. The amazing view of Half Dome from Glacier Point. Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls are spectacular and then you have El Capitan and the Dogwoods in the Spring. There is the amazing Horsetail Falls in winter. The list goes on.
Huge numbers of photographers come for Landscape and Nature Photography every year.The Park is extraordinarily diverse ranging from granite mountains to ancient sequoia groves. In addition, there are beautiful meadows, deep valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. The many miles of hiking trails provide all of the possibilities that any hiker or visitor would be looking for. In addition to the mountains in Yosemite National Park, see my gallery of Fine Art Mountain Photography.
Yosemite Print and Wall Art Purchase Options
My photographs of Yosemite National Park are available for you to purchase as Fine Art Prints or Wall Art and place in your home or office. They are for sale as Frameless or Framed Lumachrome® HD Trulife® Acrylic Prints, Exhibit Mounted Metal Prints, and Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints. After selecting the desired photo, just select the type and size of print you would like to purchase in the area beneath the photo.If you are looking for a different size than what is shown or have any other special needs, please contact me.For more information and details regarding these museum-quality landscape prints for sale, please click on this link to my Print Options page. I believe our photographic artwork can brighten up any room and I invite you to see some illustrations of this on my Room Preview page.
Pictures of Yosemite and Conservation
Yosemite is not only a place of unforgiving beauty but is probably the one place that can lay claim to the birth place of wilderness conservation. From John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt and later the dramatic Black and White Large Format photographic prints of Ansel Adams the history and battle for wilderness conservation rises from the shoulder of the attempts to save the precious unique areas of the Sierra Nevada. It was here in Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley that the popular concept of wildness conservation was born from a bitter loss.
"Between 1908 and 1913, Congress debated whether to make a water resource available or preserve a wilderness when the growing city of San Francisco, California proposed building a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley to provide a steady water supply. The Hetch Hetchy Valley was within Yosemite National Park and protected by the federal government, leaving it up to Congress to decide the valley’s fate. National opinion divided between giving San Francisco the right to dam the valley and preserving the valley from development.
At the heart of the debate was the conflict between conservationists, who held that the environment should be used in a conscientious manner to benefit society, and preservationists, who believed that nature should be protected, saved from human interference. Siding with the conservationists, San Francisco citizens argued that the reservoir was necessary for the health of their city. On the other side, preservationists, led by John Muir, argued that Congress should protect the Hetch Hetchy Valley from destruction. Muir and his allies believed that nature should be enjoyed for its beauty, and not merely used for its resources.
Hundreds of individuals and organizations from across the country submitted petitions to Congress regarding the valley. These petitions, some of which are included below, bear witness to the birth of environmental activism as citizens weighed in, expressing multiple opinions about the proper use of National Park land and the relationship between local interests and national values.
In the end, Congress passed legislation that enabled the creation of a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley. President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill into law on December 19, 1913. Although the preservationists lost this battle, the damming of the Hetch Hetchy Valley raised public awareness about the importance of preserving nature, and helped justify the creation of the National Park Service in 1916." (1)
1. National Archives