Don't take this park for granite. It ROCKS!
One of the reasons Yosemite is so unique is the vast ocean of glacially carved granite that make up the valleys, domes, and monoliths that Yosemite is so famous for. The granite features are why Yosemite is held in such high esteem as a destination for rock climbers, and they are what creates the striking sheer faces that feature so prominently in the collective imagination of Yosemite in the art and writing it has inspired.
Can you imagine the texture of cold granite on your hands? The way it smells after a rain? #Yosemite #NationalPark
If it was your job to tell the world why Yosemite is important:
What would you say?
It is the peak of rut, or mating season, for California mule deer. Love is in the air, and antlers are locked as bucks fight each other to establish dominance. The one on the left won this round!
Give deer their space, to respect them in their habitat, and to protect yourself. They are defensive and will kick! The 'rule of thumb' can help: if you can hold your hand out at arms length and cover up the deer with your thumb; you are probably far enough away.
Yosemite is golden, glittering, and radiant after yesterday's rain. This jewelry of sunlight, granite, and water; however, is a beauty that can never be appraised.
“Our national heritage is richer than just scenic features; the realization is coming that perhaps our greatest national heritage is nature itself, with all its complexity and its abundance of life, which, when combined with great scenic beauty as it is in the national parks, becomes of unlimited value.”
— George Wright, Joseph Dixon, and Ben Thompson, Fauna of the National Parks of the United States (1933).
Today's storm has brought new energy to the valley. Yosemite Falls has come alive, and is coursing down the granite once more. Rainy weather keeps most people indoors. Those who do venture out into the storm are met by the engulfing sound of water hitting every surface, and a blanketing solitude which can inspire everything from introspection to inspiration. It can certainly be worth getting your shoes wet!
A resident mule deer enjoyed one last sunny afternoon in Yosemite Valley before the storm arrived today. Yosemite is beautiful in all kinds of weather, but keep up to date on conditions in the park and come prepared: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/weathermap.htm
And call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) at any time to check the status of park roads.
The biggest threat that bears face in Yosemite today is vehicle collisions. 27 bears have been hit by vehicles in the park in 2017 alone, including FOUR in the last three weeks (at least three of the four bears died).
Bears are not the only victims. Mule deer, endangered great gray owls, amphibians and reptiles, and swarms of migrating butterflies are all casualties on Yosemite's roads. Drive the speed limit when visiting Yosemite, and keep scanning the roadsides ahead of you, especially at dusk and dawn and when night driving. Your cautious driving could save a life! #KeepBearsWild
The Tioga Road closed this morning due to icy conditions. Here's proof of how chilly it's been! A winter storm warning is in effect Wednesday through early Friday morning, with over two feet of snow forecast for the higher elevations of Yosemite. Tire chains may be required, depending on snow level. If traveling in Yosemite the next few days, check road conditions before driving: 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1).
Do you want to become a part of the legacy of passionate people through history who have been protectors and guardians of Yosemite? Do you want your office to be 1,200 square miles of wilderness punctuated by waterfalls, granite cliffs, vibrant wild flora and fauna, and billions of stars?
Yosemite seasonal jobs for the summer of 2018 are being posted online at www.usajobs.gov now through the end of January. Applicants may create a profile on the website in advance to save time once the hiring process begins (highly recommended). Yosemite National Park welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds across our nation to apply!
Open positions include wilderness, interpretation, traffic, and protection rangers; custodial services, forestry technicians, utility systems operators, administrative assistants, biological science technicians, and more.
While many of the most famous photographs of Yosemite are taken from meadows and clearings in the Valley facing East, upwards towards the formidable faces of Half Dome and El Capitan; there is something moving about the view West, towards the winding roads that bring everyone into (and out of) the Valley. Leaving Yosemite Valley is often an emotional affair; whether you were here for a day, a week, or much longer, working or living in the park.
[A poem written by a seasonal ranger after her first six months working in Yosemite.] Back over the winding forest road,
that pours through vistas raw and bold,
but this time with a heavy chest weighed down with memory and love.
Back over the mountains steep and dark,
Their snow-capped splendor gray and cold,
this time knowing the depth of the earth and starry sky above.
Not once before have I felt so small,
so tumbling in the current strong,
a part of something so immense: the granite walls that stole my heart.
The time slipped by like waterfalls,
like shooting stars across the sky
And though for once I want to stay, in reverence, from you I part.
Yosemite, you gave me life,
and beauty like I've never known.
Though you slip away in the rear view mirror, I promise some day I'll come home.
Something about Yosemite inspires artistic and creative inspiration in everyone who spends enough time here; perhaps as we try to capture, process, and express the inspiration we feel here. Photography, paintings, poetry, writing, music - What has Yosemite inspired you to create?
Every day, Yosemite gifts us with sights so beautiful that they almost don't seem real. These fleeting moments -- A sunset casting beams of light over the valley walls, a rainbow in a waterfall made entirely from moonlight, a cloud sweeping across Half Dome illuminated by the late afternoon sun -- plant themselves like seeds in the hearts of those lucky enough to witness them, and grow, relentlessly; into emotion, dedication, and sometimes, action, to protect and preserve these gifts for future generations.
What has Yosemite inspired in you?