California Road Trip - Yosemite / by Philip Swallow

(Originally posted to Facebook on June 11, 2019)

The heat here in Mariposa is very strong right now, highs of 38°C expected today. Yosemite was slightly lower than here over the last two days and the shaded areas were really comfortable as were any areas near the base of waterfalls - melted snow spray is very refreshing indeed 😁. 

We travel again today, off to Three Rivers which will be our base for two nights to allow us to take in Sequoia National Park and see the huge trees there. A bit milder there too if the weather apps are correct. 

We bought an Annual Pass for all National Parks for $80, admission is $30 at each one and we will visit three so making a saving. They can also be counter-signed by a second person (anyone you know, not limited to family etc.) so “shared”, which is a great feature.

Yosemite was all we expected it to be and more. In some ways it’s like a natural equivalent of New York City - you can’t take a bad photo there! If opportunity presents itself we will return, it would be interesting to visit in other seasons too. 

From a photography perspective there was probably one compromise we made. We got there early to get parked and beat the crowds and it worked really well but I preferred the fuller light later in the day. But later in the day would have meant parking issues, queues/lines and possibly not even getting to where you want to make your chosen composition. But don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with what I captured and the summer sky on our first day was something else. 

We are capturing lots of video as we go. The current plan is for a general overview video with snippets of our visited places and then short, separate videos of the places themselves. All to be sorted out when we get home and then published on my YouTube Channel.