Before getting to this weeks desktop, there's a couple of
things I wanted to speak to you about. Well, not
exactly on time, but close this week. Well, just
14 weeks late on this update. I knew the holidays would pose
some problems, but ..... I am back now, and the
updates will be regular. Expect the next
update on March 17 and weekly thereafter. Second, the previous weeks wallpaper is always still available by
clicking the preview to the left found on this page.
Above is this weeks free desktop. Back once again to
one of Americas finest parks, Yosemite National Park. This
park was formed in 1890 to preserve a spectacular portion of
the Sierra Nevada which manages to contain staggering
waterfalls, lush alpine meadows, giant 1000+ year old
sequoias, and some very intriguing formations of rock.
This park has inspired poets, painters, visitors and
photographers, including my favorite, Ansel Adams. One
of the most popular sections of this park is Yosemite
Valley, a glacier-carved canyon which contains some of the
most famous formations in the world (El Capitan and Half
Dome) along with several truly wonderful waterfalls.
There are many opportunities in this area to gain an
elevated perspective of your surroundings, and this weeks
shot comes from one you probably haven't heard of, the
wonderful and remote Dewey Point. Located on the trail
which runs along the southern rim of the valley, Dewey
offers an amazing view that has drawn me back to it several
times. The 8 mile round-trip hike isn't bad, and if
you're looking for solitude, this is the place. There
are few things in this August 2006 photo I will try to point
out here, so hang on for a quick swing around the valley.
First, starting with the most obvious, that huge
light-colored rock across the valley is El Capitan, lit
nicely by the late afternoon sun. Go to the right of
El Capitan, past its shade there's a three hump formation
which is pretty clear, that is Three Brothers. Move
down the valley and look for a greenish arc on the right,
follow it up to the light rock surrounded by green, that is
Sentinel Dome about 5 miles away. Just back to the
left of Sentinel is the top of Half Dome, but it's a tough
one to spot as it blends in well with the other rock.
Now move towards us to the rocks just in front, this is a
formation known as Cathedral Rocks. That's it!
Without a doubt, the view from Dewey staggering and this
picture pales in comparison to seeing this in person!
Yosemite is a fantastic experience, one which could easily
consume weeks to enjoy all the possibilities. I know
I'll never consider myself to have the expertise to convey
the true beauty of this park to you, such is simply beyond
my ability. The most I seek with my work is to give a
brief glimpse of the wonders one can see here and hope you
find a desire to expand upon this in person.
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