Welcome to Yosemite Geology 101, a series where we explain why Yosemite "rocks"! (Sorry for the terrible pun.) Today's topic: How Old is the Sierra Nevada? ✏️ Long ago, when dinosaurs still ruled the earth, the Sierra Nevada were forming deep underground! Over millions of years, molten rock, or magma, slowly cooled and solidified into new rock. ✏️ The mass of mostly-granitic rock that makes up our mountain range is known as the Sierra Batholith, but it’s actually a collection of hundreds of different bodies of rocks, called plutons. New rock, still molten, would intrude into, around, or between older rock. This happened continuously for over 100 million years, slowly forming the Sierra! ✏️ The oldest granitic rocks in the Sierra were formed during the Triassic period, but most of our rock is much younger! Half Dome Granodiorite, the type of rock that forms Half Dome and much of the eastern part of Yosemite Valley, is some of the youngest rock in the park! It would have been mostly solidified around 87 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period! ✏️ By the end of the Cretaceous, the top of the Sierra would have been exposed at the surface, forming a low-lying landscape nothing like the mountains we know today. Much more geologic work would be needed to create Yosemite, but this story is “to be continued!" #Yosemite#NationalPark
This is the quintessential view of Yosemite I came to see and photograph. The morning started off completely cloudy, to the point that we couldn’t see El Cap or Half Dome but eventually the skies cleared and revealed this amazing view. We had to get hiking so couldn’t spend much time here and definitely had no time sunrise or sunset photos. I’ll have to leave those until next time.
That’s all the pics I’m posting from this trip. I’ll be back in a couple weeks for Christmas, so 🤞I get better weather. 2nd time around. •
I love couples who want something different, something epic, and are down to explore and wait for the good light.
As much as I love a good sunrise, sunset is when couples tend to be able to relax and just enjoy things - and I get a chance to step back, find a new perspective and create something magical with them. #yosemitenationalpark and it’s still snow/engagement giveaway month!!! Tag 3 friends below and you’ll get an entry into our drawing at the end of the month for a free session in the snow for this January/February/March!
Cameron and Amy both expressed their gratitude for having each other on the hike for motivation. Without natural water sources along the way, the hike was exhausting. They didn’t get a chance to hike up El Capitan, but they are planning to return to Yosemite to accomplish that hike. This photograph of El Capitan at night truly captures the beauty of Yosemite.
::FACT:: I am a landscape photographer who has not really shown off my work. I had a couple photographers tell me I need to start showing off my talented eye for photography. So I figured I would share my three favorite photos from when I was traveling the United States.
probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve been
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We are so grateful to have been a part of the Vintners' Holidays event at The Ahwahnee. Big thank you to Dan at @duttongoldfieldwinery for recommending our wines and to everyone at The Ahwahnee for making this possible. Happy Holidays everyone!
When you think about photography, typically you think about what you can learn about taking photos. The crazy thing is that I have learned more about the subtle beauties in everyday life because of photography. I find myself watching how light can affect different scenes from the brightest sunshine to foggy days, and in this photos case, how the light created this glow with the falling snow in Yosemite Valley. Because I couldn’t see most of the main attractions due to the snow, my eyes started to wander and noticed beautiful scenes like the one I photographed here. I am so thankful for how photography has affected my life and not because of the photos I have hanging on my walls now but because of how it has taught me to see so many of the beautiful little things that I never noticed before.
30 years ago I visited Yosemite National Park for the first time. It is truly an awe-inspiring place and lives up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful places on earth. After this trip I got engaged to my beautiful wife and the next year was a blur so I never got around to printing this image until last week. Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, 1989. I have two 8x10” silver gelatin (traditional wet darkroom) prints available right now. I am offering them at $250 plus shipping in CONUS only. I will be printing this image larger in the future. Makes a great Christmas gift!
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We’re back home and it feels so nice coming back to our little space 💕 We’re in full editing mode, so if you’re waiting for your session, hold on tight to your pants, cause it’s comin in hot 🤘🏼
A purple El Capitan at twilight. In a few minutes from this picture you'd start seeing the headlamps of the climbers. It's a sight that makes you recognize how much you can do if you work for it. Maybe someday I'll be on that wall.
Do you feel the #Yosemite spirit? Cause I do 🌲
🎧: [Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted]
📍: Yosemite National Park, CA
Deep breaths ✨ This journey, this path... it’s not meant to have you question who you are, but instead help you align who you’ve been with who you are meant to be. I hope you know that only you know what that means. No one can tell you who you are except for you - Moule.T | @eddiebauer#EBContributor#liveyouradventure