Doug Beezley Photography | Sequoia, Kings Canyon & Yosemite National Parks - February 2013

These three national parks, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite are the last three major national parks in the western US that I had not visited before this trip. There are others I have visited but not photographically such as Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado as well as Glacier/Waterton in Montana and Canada. But, this visit completes the tour in the lower 48.

Our visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon was better than expected because of the snow depth and the new snow while we were there. And, to stand next to one of the giant sequoias that is nearly 2,000 years old is very humbling.

Yosemite didn't disappoint either. Although it didn't snow while we were there, enough remained from January storms to accent the natural beauty of the park. I can say that there is no way I would ever go there in the summer or fall with the attendant crowds; it was pretty busy in the winter. Yosemite offers natural wonders so abundant and so unique as to bolster its stature among our national parks - El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, the Merced River and more. It's a park of superlatives!
Glorious Sunset +
The Yosemite Valley +
Sunset on Yosemite +
It Got Even Better +
Sunset Over Yosemite Valley +
Sunrise on El Capitan
El Capitan Sunrise
Crystalline Reflections +
Cold Beneath El Capitan
More of El Capitan
Stormy El Capitan +
Stormy El Capitan
They Couldn't Help Themselves
Sharp Elbows
Mighty Yosemite
The Three Brothers +
The Three Brothers
The Three Brothers +
El Capitan
Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge
Clouds and Shadows +
Evening Light
Last Image of the Day
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