Lifting the Haze | Yosemite Panoramas 8.7.14

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Smokeless but Cloudy Skies By John P. DeGrazio It's fire season in California. Every year between June and October, California becomes susceptible to fire. This year, we had a particularly dry winter so we are more prone. Currently, there are two fires burning in Yosemite, The El Portal Fire and the Dark Hole Fire. Neither fire is currently … [Read more...]

Yosemite El Portal Fire

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The El Portal Fire has been burning for the last few days in Yosemite as brave fire crews are working toward containment. Parts of Yosemite are smoky but the park remains open. I would like to share this photo taken by YExplore photographer and friend, Al Golub. The photo is of another friend's house in Yosemite, well the remains of it. Olotumi … [Read more...]

Yosemite Mythbusters: It’s Too Crowded in Summer

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Escaping the Yosemite Crowds on the 4th of July By John P. DeGrazio Negativity is everywhere. It's an inescapable human characteristic. Even well intentioned individuals inadvertently spread it. I like to rise above it. Literally. And I normally escape it in the high country of Yosemite. Many people will say "don't visit Yosemite in … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday America!

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Celebrating the 4th of July in Yosemite National Park By John P. DeGrazio Today we celebrate American Independence by enjoying our National Parks which were established to provide the pursuit of happiness for all people. Have a safe holiday! … [Read more...]

Half Dome View on Yosemite 150th Anniversary

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Yosemite 150 Year Celebration June 30, 2014  By John P. DeGrazio Today, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. On this day in 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for all time. We participated in many festivities in the Grove and … [Read more...]

Obscurity | Yosemite Panoramas 6.10.14

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Obscure Photos From Better Known Locations By John P. DeGrazio Those who have shared time with me in the mountains know that our days are filled with equal parts photography, natural history, and laughter. At some point in the day, I often share a movie line stating it is my affliction to insert that quote into a situation where I feel … [Read more...]

Beauty at Every Stop: Yosemite Panorama Photos 6.6.14

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Iconic Panoramas From Classic Locations By John P. DeGrazio Every day is a great day in Yosemite National Park. While our mission is to bring you to one area to truly appreciate and connect with the natural world of the park, we sometimes agree to lead multi-stop private trips to get a taste of adventure without exerting as much of an … [Read more...]

What if We really Lived in a Black and White World?

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Yosemite Photos to Change Your Perspective By John P. DeGrazio How many times have you heard the terms "it's all black and white" or "cut and dry" inserted into a discussion? Those words are normally uttered by someone making a point that seems so obvious to them. In an ever changing world of communications proliferation, our society seems … [Read more...]

Memorial Day: Yosemite Panorama Photos 5.26.14

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Photos to Say Thank You from Yosemite National Park By John P. DeGrazio Today we remember all those who have given their lives to protect our freedom in the United States. Our national parks would not be available to us if not for the ultimate sacrifices made by these brave men and women. For that, we are eternally grateful. … [Read more...]

Half Dome, Brotherhood, and the Setting Sun

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Richie's Ridge By John P. DeGrazio On May 4, 2014 I joined a group of 7 explorers to photograph Half Dome from the Diving Board in Yosemite National Park. It was the beginning of an exhilarating  journey with some outstanding new friends. Before we began to shoot, I paused for a moment on an overhanging rock to call my mother. It would have … [Read more...]

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