Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yosemite Park - Family Tour 2009

Majestic Half Dome - Partially obscured by smoke - caused by natural forest fires due to lightning strikes.

Astonishing waterfalls.
El Capitan and the entrance to Yosemite Valley. Half Dome can be seen in the distance.

Ken Burns. You've gotta love him. His new series is about our national parks. I think it's called Our Best Idea.

You've gotta love a guy who focuses on the good and the beautiful.

I was focusing on the falls. I didn't realize my husband was posing. I did manage to get his hat. (or cut off his head). Heehee if I edited this photo before I posted it... Oh well.

So take a break from Kanye West, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and other obnoxious Americans.

Take a break from politics.

Remember that there were once a few visionaries among us. My Grandfather Harrison was a chauffer for one of them - Theodore Roosevelt. Not bad for a guy just off the boat from Ireland.
The National Park Service preserved some national treasures from land hungry developers.

I've only visited three...Yosemite in California, Acadia in Maine, Shenandoah in Virginia.
This was my second visit to Yosemite.
Some of the views weren't quite as clear as they were twenty two years ago due to forest fires.
The National Park Service Rangers have come to realize that forest fires can be a "good" thing. They are part of the natural cycle of things. The redwoods and the sequoia trees are benefitted by fire. I have enough information to bore all of you for many future posts. I am a nature and weather geek who loves this kind of thing.

Doug and Delaney climbed up to the falls.

Here's to the good things.

Don't let the turkeys get you down. Do any of you remember the Boynton cartoons? (I used to have that on a T-Shirt).


Janelle Goodwin said...

Oh my gosh! I need to go west and see some of our magnificent national parks. Forget Italy! Thanks for showing us these great photos!

neetzy said...

I've only been to three National Parks. They are absolutely beautiful. We are blessed with amazing natural resources in this country. Don't "forget" Italy! I'd be over there in a moment if I could. Unfortunately, I might have to wait until my kids finish college!

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Maria said...

Yes, here is to good things.

neetzy said...

Yes Maria. There are still some good things!

jeannette stgermain said...

Sorry, there were forest fires while you were there (you can't foresee these things LOL), but one can still see the magnificence of the huge trees and the high altitudes.
Yeah, don't forget Italy, it has a totally different beauty! (a more romantic beauty)

bytheway, I saw your comment just now - 3 days later on my post of Rocks - sorry - I responded to it on that paost

neetzy said...

Thanks Jeannette,

Don't apologize. I've been quite behind in blogging. Work has been particularly stressful this year. I'm finding myself quite exhausted when I get home.

Barbara Pask said...

Gorgeous photos , lucky you. Sounds like a wonderful vacation. Hope your new school year is off to a great start.

dive said...

Wow, wow and wow again, Neetzy.
I've just been looking at these photos with my jaw on the floor.
Totally awesome.

neetzy said...

Hey Barbara!

I'm glad you liked the photos. School year has been off to a rough start. I have one rotten class that is keeping me awake at night. I am dealing with bullies who are picking on special needs kids. I have been riding my witch's broom more than I'd like.
I want to paint!

neetzy said...

Hey Dive,

California is astonishingly beautiful (Even with the forest fires). I photographed some of the same Yosemite scenes twenty two years ago on a perfectly clear day. They were crystal clear. I do not mind the smoky Glacier Point now. It gives a nice atmospheric quality.