California: Yosemite National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Pacific Dogwoods" Location: Yosemite National Park, California. Pacific dogwoods are unique flowers which bloom once a year in a spectacular displace at Yosemite National Park. It is always fun a challenge to capture the display when leaves are still young and flowers are at their best. The bloom of these flowers is truly an ephemeral event. They bloom at the start of the summer season during mid to late May time-frame and are photographically at their best for maybe two weeks. Tech Info: Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @ 70mm Exposure: 1/800sec at f/4 and ISO 320 Filters: No filters

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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