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Yosemite National Park in February by popular request … part one


These days I post my photos to Facebook because it’s easier. But I have those holdout friends who don’t want to utilize FB for whatever reasons… so I am acquiescing to their requests to see my photos of my latest trip to Yosemite. Y’all had better appreciate this!


I feel very fortunate that I was able to visit Yosemite in February. It was between the virus that ate the Ahwahnee Hotel in January and the coronavirus that closed the park in March.

This is the first view we always see when coming into Yosemite on the motor coach. Half Dome and a peek at the valley.

We arrived at the Yosemite Lodge just as the Golden Hour descended on the mountains. I rushed outside with my camera.

The next day we hiked up the Bridalveil Fall trail. Because of the lack of rain the Merced River was just a trickle but it gave us a chance to see the beautiful rocks.

Good thing I brought along my crampons and ice pick! Ha ha ha… no chance…

My friend and I ate lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel Saturday and Sunday. I ordered the same sandwich both days… I think it was called the Californian or something like that… a salad between two pieces of bread plus a side salad and purple/orange chips. Worked for me!

Half Dome through the trees.

Besides the natural beauty of Yosemite I always love all the plane trails overhead.

Because of the drought there was very little water in the Merced River but still enough for good reflections.

Mountain climbing lessons are offered at Yosemite. See the teeny weeny people halfway up? I’ll enjoy the view from ground level, thank you.

Beautiful stained glass windows in the lobby of the Ahwahnee with a view of the mountains outside.

All we had to do was step outside the back door of our room at Yosemite Lodge to walk along the trail by the Merced River. Paradise.

Ahwahnee Hotel through the trees.

Below are images of the plane trails as the evening crept up on us. You can call them plane trails if you like, but I think it’s the spirits of the mountains sending messages to commune with the universe.

My friend did a couple of quick sketches in our room. I liked them and asked her if I could share them. See below.

Yosemite Falls: walking back from the Ahwahnee.

View from our patio.

Me just before we boarded the bus to head home. I’m ready to go back already!

Of course, I have a ton more photos that I can post at a later date but these will have to do for now.

We were very fortunate to be able to visit in February just after the virus attack at the Ahwahnee in January and the Coronavirus that shut the park down in March. I had three other trips planned this year that have all been canceled. But I’m grateful to be stuck in Culver City! It could be so much worse…

Stay well, keep safe, my friends, and carry on!


Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

10 thoughts on “Yosemite National Park in February by popular request … part one

  1. Ok, I lied, I am leaving a comment!
    I was just looking at my Yosemite photos when I saw you posted yours !
    I am still doing some art based on my photos. Thanks so much for sharing!
    My favorite- the view through the Ahwahnee door.


  2. These are incredible photos, Roslyn! I’m glad you shared them here. Yes, I confess…I’m one of the FB holdouts. I pop on there at the end of the day, typically for 5 minutes or so. It’s great you were able to enjoy the park before it was closed. The photo of the walk along the trail by the Merced River looks like a painting…absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing and stay safe!


    • Thanks Jill. Many times I’ve thought about pulling the plug on FB… it can be very addictive and most of it is a waste of time… now people are telling me I need to be uploading my photos to Instagram…. aaagh… too much!


  3. Thanks for the beautiful photos from an earlier reality. Not on FB! Today the contrails will not pollute the air and photos!

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    • Not really on purpose, it just happened that way, but I had several trips planned all bunched together in the spring… I even thought my schedule was going to be too exhausting and I could take it easy the rest of the year. Well, bam, everything canceled and I’m in the middle of dealing with hotels, tour companies, arilines….. persistence is the name of the game! Glad you enjoyed the photos! Most of my friends in “real life” are not on FB either… I don’t know what that says about them or me!!!!!!!

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  4. Really enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos.x😻💜🐾

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  5. Exceptionally beautiful place and so are the images.


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