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B 1037 C 8 E Apr 12, 2014 F Apr 17, 2014
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Beautiful pink clouds are illuminated as the last bit of twilight falls on Yosemite's famous Half Dome. It is hard to convey just how colossal the face of Half Dome is when viewed from Yosemite Valley. To try and give you some idea, the camera is around six miles away from the peak of Half Dome from Cooks Meadow. It's vertical face follows from the moment you get your first glimpse of Yosemite Valley. We call it Half Dome today but the native tribe that lived in Yosemite Valley called it Tis-sa-ack meaning "Cleft Rock" but they also had a story of how the tear stained face of the dome came to be.

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If you are interested, here is the short version of that legend:

Tis-sa-ack, who lived in a far away country, journeyed with her husband to the Valley of Ah-wah-nee. They had crossed the high mountains, carrying heavy burdens, and were footsore and weary from their long journey. They, were also very thirsty and were hurrying to reach the Valley, that they might drink from one of the clear lakes or streams, which they knew would be found there When at last they reached Ah-wei-ya (Mirror Lake), Tis-sa-ack, who was ahead of her husband, sat down to drink. Again and again she filled her basket, and drained it, so that when her husband reached the lake she had drunk up all of the water and the lake was dry. When he found that she had drunk up all of the water her husband became very angry, and forgetting the customs of his people, he beat her severely. Tis-sa-ack ran, but her husband ran after her and continued to beat her so that she laid down the baby basket containing her papoose. Then, when he did not stop, becoming very angry with the pain and humiliation, she turned and hurled her burden basket at him.

Then The Great Spirit himself, shocked by such conduct on the part of his children, became angry, and turned them all into granite. Tis-sa-ack became that noble mountain now called Half Dome, and today on the broken side of Half Dome can still be seen her face with the tears caused by her pain and humiliation streaming down it. Her husband was changed into Washington Column and North Dome, while beside him, the upturned burden basket, which Tis-sa-ack in her anger had hurled at him, became Basket Dome. The baby basket containing the papoose, which had been kicked aside during the trouble, became The Royal Arches, and there they may all be seen today.

Tags:   Half Dome Yosemite National Park Cook Meadow Sunset Twilight Clouds Pink Forest Sierra Nevada Mountains North Dome Washington Royal Arches Tis-sa-ack Legend Native American Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 1592 C 26 E Apr 15, 2014 F Apr 15, 2014
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Blood Red Moon April 15th 2014. Taken by me and my son Thomas Atkeson from our back deck at Bass Lake California.

The eclipse was seen across North America and much of South America.

More lunar eclipses coming up later this year and early next.

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Tags:   Lunar Moon Total Eclipse Blood Orange April 2014 Full Astronomy Nikon D800E 400mm Darv Darvin Thomas Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 1906 C 16 E Apr 2, 2014 F Apr 3, 2014
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Impending storm clouds loom over Yosemite Valley as the sun breaks through a sliver in the clouds to illuminate the face of the cliffs in an epic battle between dark and light. As often is the case a beautiful morning in Yosemite following a late winter snowfall the night before turned cloudy as thunder storms build over the Sierra Nevada. The clouds cast their shadows at first sparingly over the Valley floor moving quickly then gaining momentum and volume as the afternoon warms the Central Valley of California. As the clouds build the Sierras turn dark and the light is diminished until only occasionally the sun breaks through and illuminates the face of Yosemite’s sheer granite walls. This is the best time of year to catch the dramatic scenery that unfolds when light and dark battle for the same space.

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Tags:   Yosemite National Park California Sierra Nevada Mountains Tunnel View Vista Landscape Storm Winter Spring Glacier Carved Canyon Bridal Veil Fall Waterfall Snow Clouds Contrast Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 2152 C 10 E Mar 6, 2014 F Mar 23, 2014
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When visiting Yosemite National Park one of the hardest things to get your mind around is the sheer size of everything. When you eyes first get a glimpse of Yosemite Falls plummeting from the towering glacier carved cliffs of granite you cannot help but doubt them. Even form across Yosemite Valley you can hear the thundering of the water slamming in to rocks below in what sounds more like thunder than the typical sound of a waterfall. During Spring when Yosemite Falls is at peak flow, you can literally feel the thundering sound impact your body. As you approach Yosemite Falls up the main trail you feel the winds pick up and it becomes incredibly windy at the bridge just below the Lower Yosemite Falls. It is hard to say what you will remember most about your visit to Yosemite National Park but Yosemite Falls will definitely make a lifelong impression.

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Tags:   Waterfall Yosemite Falls Yosemite National Park Falls Tallest California Forest Highest Yosemite National Park Yosemtie Valley Valley Ponderosa Pines Cedar Landscape Granite Grand Glacier Nature Travel Vacation Famous Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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Fall colors are reflected in the Merced River as it runs through the Valley of Yosemite National Park. Hidden by the forest from many of the most photographed locations it runs though the heart of Yosemite Valley. Starting in the High Sierra it cascades down granite canyons in to a number of stunning waterfalls then reaching the deep flat valley slows and meanders though the Yosemite Valley floor. In Spring it remains a rushing torrent but in Fall it becomes a tranquil place to sit and ponder the wonders of paradise on Earth. Taken from one of my favorite spots atop a rock in the middle of the river which is only accessible when the river runs low and slowly. I often come to sit here and just take in the peacefulness of the reflections of the river and watch as colored leaves float down the river.


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Tags:   Yosemite National Park Merced River Fall Color Reflection Yosemite Valley California Sierra Nevada Mountains Autumn Leaves United States Vacation Travel Solitude Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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