Locations featured in the 2022 edition include:
• Snow laden oak trees at Yosemite Valley
• Tioga Lake borders the eastern entrance at Yosemite
• Spring grasses and granite reflections in the backcountry
• Yosemite Creek flows over the Yosemite Valley rim to create Upper Yosemite Falls
• Donahue Pass and Mt. Lyell Glacier, high Sierra Nevada in Yosemite wilderness
• Nevada Falls
• Mule deer can be seen munching on apple trees in Yosemite Valley
• Windswept Jeffrey Pine on an exposed granite summit, Yosemite high country
• Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the park
• Fall colors decorate Tenaya Creek
• Fall oak leaves douse the valley floor at Yosemite
• Last light on El Capitan and the Merced River
About Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park lies in California’s Sierra Nevada, a spectacular mountain range near California’s border with the state of Nevada. The park’s main attraction is the striking beauty of Yosemite Valley, whose flat floor lies within nearly vertical granite walls over which pour several major waterfalls. Yosemite also includes an extensive high-mountain wilderness of mountain peaks, rivers, meadows, and groves of giant sequoia trees. Yosemite National Park lands extend from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level and cover about 761,266 acres, or about 1,189 square miles—much larger than the original parcel preserved in 1864. The park’s 200 miles (320km) of roads allow people to see the park through car or bus windows, while they sit. For an introduction to the real Yosemite, walk on a trail. Going slowly allows you to see small wonders as well as big views. You will feel breezes, smell the native vegetation (not vehicle fumes), and hear the streams, the insects, and other wildlife. Yosemite National Park is administered by The National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The park has 13 popular campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served sites often fill by noon from May through September.
History of Yosemite
Native peoples have lived in the Yosemite region for at least 8,000 years. By the mid-19th century, they were primarily of Southern Miwok ancestry. However, trade with the Mono Paiutes from the east side of the Sierra for pine nuts, obsidian, and other materials from the Mono Basin resulted in many unions between the two tribes. The native peoples of Yosemite developed a complex culture rich in tradition, religion, songs, and political affiliations. Using each of the varied local ecosystems to best advantage, they could benefit from a maximum of plant and animal resources. The pattern of oaks and grassland noted by early visitors to Yosemite Valley is probably a direct result of the intentional burning of underbrush practiced by native people.
The first known entry of Europeans into the Valley was after the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills in 1848. Thousands of miners came to the Sierras to seek their fortune. Their arrival resulted in conflict with local native peoples who fought to protect their homelands. The Mariposa Battalion was sent as a punitive expedition under the authority of the State of California to bring an end to the “Mariposa Indian War.” The battalion entered Yosemite Valley while searching for Native Americans on March 27, 1851. Writers, artists, and photographers spread the fame of “the Incomparable Valley” throughout the world. A steadily increasing stream of visitors came on foot and horseback, and later by stagecoach. Hotels and residences were constructed, livestock grazed in meadows, and orchards were planted. As a result, Yosemite Valley’s ecosystem suffered.
About Photographer Londie Padelsky
A resident of the Eastern Sierra since 1982, Londie has explored and photographed the Sierra Nevada backcountry by foot and on horseback for weeks at a time. On one such adventure Londie led a photo expedition, along with a cowboy packer leading five mules carrying camera equipment and household essentials. For two months they rode more than 250 miles across the rugged Sierra Nevada on the John Muir Trail. In addition to photographs from the Sierra Nevada, Londie is recognized for a variety of subjects photographed throughout the United States and abroad. Her images have appeared in national magazines, books, and in hundreds of calendars.