A good friend here on the Bubble reminded me of the beauty of Yosemite National Park. The park is so much more than just the iconic “valley” we see so often.The backside of the park is a great wilderness and accessible only by horse or foot .From the many access points there are hundreds of “day” hikes that intrepid photographers can easily get to. These hikes can take as much as five or six hours down to just a few hundred yards.. I do a lot of backpacking in this area and have spent easily over a hundred nights watching the most incredible “star” show on the planet.The elevations in this area average around 9500 feet above sea level to a upper height of around 11000 ft. The sky is not really blue here but more of a indigo color .The night is almost bright, illuminated only by the stars.. Thanks Lynn, for reminding me of this beautiful country…D.This is “Cooney” lake on the east side of the park located in California,USA..It is about 3 miles from the Virginia Lakes access point…its a moderate hike but worth the effort…d.Taken with a Canon 7D in August 2011Viewed 71 times as of 3-1-11favorited 9 times as of 3-1-11


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  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesover 3 years ago


  • Thanks for the fine thoughts Arla!Not quite Nevada but very…D.

    – ducilla

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    How amazing Dennis. It sounds so wonderful to be able to see such a beautiful place and to spend the night watching the stars. This is a glorious photo. Brenda

  • Thanks Brenda.. I do enjoy these mountains and the stars are almost overwhelming!…D.

    – ducilla

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thanks for the fine thoughts Lorilee..I appreciate the visit…D.

    – ducilla

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Fantastic :)

  • Thanks for the comment Julie.. I appreciate the visit…D.

    – ducilla

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Amezing Capture Beautiful

  • Thanks for the fine thoughts Maggie..Your time is appreciated…Dennis

    – ducilla

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarover 3 years ago

    Yosemite National Park is very beautiful and it sounds like very big. I have not been there for a long time but I know the beauty is always there and the nights are just unreal. The stars stand out its like you just want to reach out and touch them. Great story …DEE awesome picture thanks for the warm up. I know it must be snowy right now. Doc..

  • Thanks Doc,..Yes Everyone always thinks of the crowded “valley” on the other side of the mountains but you can drive almost right up to these lakes..Its on the Virginia Lakes road just above Mono lake.. I can’t wait for spring!

    – ducilla

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarover 3 years ago

    Hi …DEE that is good to know and I will add it to the collection of places to go.. It should be so awesome this Spring it is going to light up everywhere . Its like a feeling in the AIR that everything is going to be better..Doc

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    A very wonderful landscape and capture!

  • Thanks for stopping by Gena!..I appreciate the thoughts..D.

    – ducilla

  • Pauline Tims
    Pauline Timsover 3 years ago

    Another truly wonderful image!!

  • Thank you Pauline!.. Your fine words are appreciated..D.

    – ducilla

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 3 years ago

    beautiful scene and shot!

  • Thanks Ded… I appreciate your visit and the fine words…Dennis

    – ducilla

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