I've been wanting to do a photo-shoot in Yosemite Valley for a while now and was able to convince Leroy to take a day off to go with me. Yosemite is the perfect place for such an excursion for obvious reasons but it will always hold a special place in my heart because of living and working there just before we got married. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and I will never forget the experience.
My heart still skips a beat when I drive into the valley (from the Arch Rock entrance) and get the full view of Yosemite Valley for the first time. With Bridal Veil Falls and El Capitan in view you know that you've just entered a sacred place. With each bend and turn more and more of the park's grandeur comes into view including Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and the iconic Half Dome... all tied together with the Merced River flowing throughout. For a while, you are transported to a place where the evidence of God is physically all around you and undeniable. I've always imagined it as just a glimpse of what God has in store for us.
We drove out through Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat entrance) for first time and I was in awe once again at the different views and added spectacles that we saw on our way. The waterfalls seemed surreal and the beautiful meadows teemed with wild life.
It is only a 2 hour drive to this spectacular national park from our home, but we are not frequent visitors... but that's about to change.