Last week we had our 28th annual family vacation to Yosemite National Park. This is the place that got me into Photography in the 1st place! As a kid, I spent hours in the Ansel Adams gallery there, waking up at 6am to go on the photo hikes capturing images and taking pictures for hours before breakfast. I’d travel to Yosemite 2-4 times a year and hike or bike around, shooting for hours, getting inspired, whether it was snowing or sunny out. I would then come back and print black and white images in the darkroom in high school. When I got my Hasselblad, I ended up spending even more time in the darkroom.
The 1st thing we would always do is plan our hikes and hit the trails. Basking in the warm sun and smelling the pine trees is such a relaxing way to revive my mind & body. I love to read and have my quiet times to get into the word and be filled. Next to a river, sipping on some tea in the warm morning sun. Enough said, enjoy this collection.
In the mornings we would always make a hearty breakfast and get filled up for the day.
It rained and snowed so much last year that the rivers and falls were full and gushing!
One of my favorite reasons why Yosemite is such a great place to shoot is the variations of color in the granite, and foliage. Greys & greens, against blues.
A favorite place for us to visit is always the Ahwanee Hotel. Built around 1925, it stands as almost part of the park, blending in beautifully. Relaxing in the shade you can have a refreshing afternoon drink or ice cream and watch the falls and lay on the grass in the meadow in front of the hotel. Then later we would go biking around the valley, which is the fastest way and easiest way to get around.
We also love rafting down the Merced river, which takes 90 minutes and is a class 1 river, BUT it’s super relaxing to find a beach and have lunch secluded with a view of the falls or granite cliffs in the background.
I highly recommend everyone going to visit yosemite, however, to stay in the valley you must book reservations 5-12 months in advance to stay in the park between May 15th and Sept 15th.