a glitter of green and golden wonder

P9297680i felt invigorating exuberance driving into yosemite valley with my head out the window in the kind, flaxen daybreak light. my heart and senses were full, and all day in the park i felt the spirit of god deep in my bones, surrounded in the majesty of his creations.
P9297686P9297691P9297704P9297705 P9297707P9297719P9297723“yosemite valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” {ansel adams}
P9297737P9297727 P9297741P9297740we hiked 5 miles straight up the mountains, ate ike’s sandwiches atop glacier point, then continued about 11 miles along panorama trail around half dome, through mossy pine groves, to vernal and nevada falls.
the vistas were unreal.
P9297749 P9297753P9297764P9297765P9297770 P9297768P9297787we took a side trail to this ledge, and we were stunned, breathless, overwhelmed, in awe.
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with legs like jelly after a whole lot of hiking, we watched the sunset warm up and pinkify the granite cliffs from tunnel view,
P9297811P9297813and cruised up the mountain for a glimpse west in the last lingering light of day.
P9297823i couldn’t believe yosemite. it just felt like it couldn’t be real, smothered in the autumn slant of sunshine. i felt incredibly close to god, as the spectacle of things seen taught my spirit of things unseen.


  1. Fabulous photos Charity! You've got to take your mom there!

  2. Wow, Vernal Falls is just a trickle. Now you have to go back when it's roaring and dive off those rocks into the pool at the bottom. One of the most fun things I've ever done.

  3. Great photos. Half Dome is awesome.

  4. Wonderful photos! I was just in Yosemite last week and hiked the same trail from Glacier point. Your photos are way better than mine. Thanks for sharing.


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