Yosemite in November – Waterfalls and Rim Fire

November 27, 2013

I visited Yosemite National Park last week. As always, the beauty of the park is sublime and I enjoyed two wonderful days of hiking to Vernal, Nevada and Upper Yosemite Falls. I love Yosemite this time of year – crisp air, foliage still abundantly colorful, and sparse crowds. But the trip into the Sierras was also tinged with sadness, as I saw firsthand the aftermath of this past summer’s devastating Rim Fire. In a future post, I’ll write more narrative, but the photos tell the story. In all, the fire, started by an idiot hunter’s illegal campfire, consumed more than a quarter million acres, mainly northwest of the park. The fire did eventually reach inside the park boundary, but never did threaten the valley. I start the gallery with images of the fire damage. In the spring/summer and for years to come, I hope to document the recovery of the area, although it will take decades for the forest to grow back. One bright note: wildflower season next year should be spectacular.

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About victorvolta

I am a freelance photographer/writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in the very suburban city of Santa Clara. Education: San Jose State University (class of '84) BA degree in Journalism with concentrations in Photojournalism and English. Favorite Foods: Ribeye steaks and Stan's Doughnuts (separate plates, usually). Favorite Drinks: Strong gourmet coffee and Trader Joe's Blood Orange Italian Soda (separate cups).
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