It only took me 27 years to make it to Yosemite National Park. Well…to be clear, I have been to the High Sierras before on a college backpacking trip but it wasn’t technically in Yosemite Valley… so this past weekend was my first official time inside this vast and beautiful national park.
I spent the weekend with my cousins hiking, taking in the views, chatting around the campfire, sleeping in tents in 30 degree weather and basking in the sunlight and glory of nature. It was perfect, refreshing and invigorating.
As someone with a passion for photography, it’s impossible to be in Yosemite Valley and not think of the iconic photographer, environmentalist and overall game changer - Ansel Adams. His photography is displayed in every hikers mountain cabin, in museums, photography schools, and nature exhibits all over the world. He is so iconic that they even named a part of Yosemite after him, the “Ansel Adams Wilderness” to be exact. Well, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the breath and depth he captured in his early 1900s black and white photography…so here is my best attempt to follow in his footsteps.
And here are some of my shots…