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Under an Oak Tree

Location: Cascade Creek (The Cascades), Yosemite National Park, California, Map

Oak trees are great! Sitting underneath their canopy usually brings to mind the thoughts of reading a book or simply taking a pause during a hectic workday. So when I saw this oak trees with cascade creek flowing besides it I could not resist taking a picture. Needless to say even after I was done photographing I spent few minutes enjoying these peaceful surroundings with gentle sounds of Cascade creek.

Cascade creek and it's waterfall are one of the first waterfall you may see at Yosemite if you enter through highway 140. The creek is usually just a trickle during winter months but comes to life during spring and early summer months. I plan to visit this area again in next few years and try to capture the beauty of the Cascade creek waterfall as well.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 20mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 8sec at f/13 and ISO 200
Filters: Hoya 4-stop solid ND filter

Yosemite is the arguably the most beautiful national park. It's grandeur and the time scale it took to evolve is very humbling. I learnt that the granite peaks started out as molten magma deep below the earth's surface about 100 million years ago. Merced river then carved it into a "V" shaped valley and finally glaciers shaped it into its present day "U" shape. The beauty of the valley has inspired many. It's lush forests, tall granite peaks, amazing monoliths and beautiful waterfalls are so pristine that a visit to the park often overwhelms the senses. A visit here at least once in lifetime is a must.

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From California: Yosemite National Park