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Yosemite Valley and more specifically, Yosemite Tunnel Viewis one of my most favorite places to sit and watch the world go by. I could sit up here for hours watching people and nature both.
Wintertime seems to bring out the best of nature in regards to the view from tunnel view. Storms pass through the valley unpredictably. High clouds and low fog mix regularly. Snow can blanket the ground or be washed away by a rainstorm.
This view is often on of the first views newcomers see as they come into Yosemite Valley. You drive through the tunnel and Yosemite in all her glory open up in front of you. On a clear day you can see many of the most highly recognized landmarks that yosemite is known for. These include El Capitan, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, The Three Brothers, and Bridalviel Falls. El Capitan and Half Dome may be two of the most recognized landmarks in the world.
El Capitan is a large granite monolith rising three thousand feet from the valley floor. During the summer you can sit below El Capitan with a good pair of binoculars and spot sometimes dozens of climbers working thier way up the mountain.
Bridalveil falls is one of the major waterfalls in Yosemite Valley falling over 800 feet before crashing into the granite boulders below.
In this picture the only landmarks that were not obscured by the fog and clouds are Bridalviel Falls and the Three Brothers.
November 25th, 2011
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