California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Upper Yosemite Falls" Location: Swinging Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California. Yosemite falls are some of the word's tallest. Here you see upper Yosemite falls during early morning hours on a spring day. A snow storm of previous day had ladden the trees with interesting outline which was starting to melt as I shot this image. The merced river flowed gently and I decided to use long exposure to show all the reflections. Tech Info: Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 55mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Exposure: 2+min at f/14 and ISO 100 Filters: LEE 10-stop Big Stopper ND Filter and LEE 0.6 (2-stop) soft edge graduated neutral density 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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