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Yosemite History

Yosemite has not only a rich nature experience to offer, there is also some interesting Yosemite history you can research before your trip. Two famous influental persons in Yosemite history were John Muir and American photographer Ansel Adams

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

John Muir

What American photographer Ansel Adams saw 1942

Many people know these sights by name, but more know them by sight alone, as captured through the lens of the legendary American photographer Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams, photographing in Yosemite National Park from atop his car in about 1942.

Wawona tunnel is a passageway from civilization to natural splendor. The tunnel, dug through a hill on the western end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park in the 1930s, hides the coming view like a mile-long blindfold.

And then you’re there. Pale, curvaceous granite rocks dance in the skyline. Dozens of people stand along the edge of the pull-off, called Tunnel View, trying to capture the scene. Some snap two quick shots with disposable yellow cameras, and others set up their tripods for hours, watching the light strike Yosemite’s monoliths. On the left, El Capitan, a rock climbers’ mecca, appears the tallest. The Half Dome and Sentinel Dome arch upwards in the center. And the two Cathedral Spires sit on the right next to the sometimes gushing Bridalveil Fall.

From Louise Story's article in The New York Times. Published: April 27, 2008

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