My trip to the High Sierras in the northeast quadrant of Yosemite National Park was greatly affected by the smoke from the Ferguson Fire, one of many raging through California this summer. The amount of smoke in the air varied greatly, from none through enough to render any distant shot useless. The result is that I was able to take fewer shots and in fewer places than in a normal year. Plus, many shots were degraded by the smoke. I did my best to emphasize the best shots as well as throw in a few smokey ones so you could get a feel for what it was like much of the time. So the trip was not without its problems, but one can never visit the High Sierras without being inspired.
of the Tuolumne River
Note: Do not confuse this “Grand Canyon” with the one in Arizona.
This Grand Canyon was formed by the Tuolumne River. Yes, this is the same river that meanders quietly through the peaceful Tuolumne Meadows. But once the river reaches Glen Aulin, it changes its nature into a raging, turbulent force capable of carving out a deep gorge. It is a popular destination for many backpackers due to its scenery and relative accessibility.
I went seeking out some of the remotest parts of the Yosemite Wilderness. Of course, it took a while to get there, but that’s just part of the adventure. Even in this smoke-impacted season, I was able capture some pictures that show off some of its glories.
Along the way, I crossed different places that don’t fit neatly into the above categories, so I include them here.