Happy Independence Day 2015


The Pursuit of Happiness in Yosemite  By John P. DeGrazio 239 years ago, the founders of this nation held certain truths to be self evident "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." I read the Declaration of … [Read more...]

June 2015 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review


YExplore images on Instagram from June 2015. Here are ourt most popular photos with 120 likes or … [Read more...]

It Starts with One


YExplore Volunteer Day  By John P. DeGrazio Have you ever heard the expression "it starts with one"? My interpretation is that you only need one person to go along with you any time you would like to make a change in this world. Today was that type of day for our volunteer clean up Adopt A Highway project along Highway 120 just outside … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Waterfall Panos: Yosemite Panorama Photos 2015.06.09


Hiking the Mist Trail   By John P. DeGrazio   No matter what time you hike the Mist Trail in spring, you will be in for a treat. If you time it just right in late morning, you will see a mist bow on Vernal Fall. Here are photos from two separate recent trips up the most popular trail in Yosemite National Park. … [Read more...]

May 2015 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review


YExplore images on Instagram from … [Read more...]

Half Dome Takes Center Stage: Yosemite Panorama Photos 2015.05.25


Clearing Storm on the Panorama Trail   By John P. DeGrazio  What a week in Yosemite! Storms continued to hit the Sierra Nevada bringing much needed precipitation while creating dazzling light shows along the trails of Yosemite National Park. I was very fortunate to share the Panorama trail with two very adventurous couples from … [Read more...]

Living a Dream: Yosemite Photos 2015.05.23


Half Dome Through the Curtain    By John P. DeGrazio I was leading a Yosemite Adventure Hike at Glacier Point almost exactly a year ago when the weather began to turn. The rain came down in sheets as the crowd sought refuge in the only shelter for miles. It was a brief deluge, but many lingered inside the warm gift shop even after the rain … [Read more...]

Half Dome Rainbow: Yosemite Photos 2015.05.22


Glacier Point on a Rainy Day  By John P. DeGrazio We're experiencing some welcome wet weather in the Sierra this May. Every little bit will help our California drought. The precipitation has affected our Yosemite hiking adventures in a positive way by creating more dramatic skies for interesting photographs. Here is one I was able to take … [Read more...]

YExplore Has a New Home in Groveland CA


Announcing Our New Location at Mountain Sage For the past 5 years, I have had discussions with Robb Hirsch about finding a way to build better relationship between YExplore and Mountain Sage. Robb is a lead photographer for our Yosemite Photo Workshops and his fine art photography prints hang in a gallery at Mountain Sage. We've had several … [Read more...]

Mirror Lake in Spring: Yosemite Photos 2015.05.12


Rainy Day Photography From Yosemite   By John P. DeGrazio At the heart of every adventure is a distinct awareness and appreciation of the unknown. Eagerness and anticipation rule the day as an adventurist will envision impending success at the end of the trail. Weather plays a major role in determining how attainable one's goals will … [Read more...]

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