It is always a good time to visit Yosemite National Park.
My last trip was about a month ago, just before Memorial Day. A storm was predicted, but the threat of rain and winds rarely stops me. It ended up being a great trip. Even though it was a little cloudy and foggy at times, the crowds were not as large as they could be and some wildflowers were still lingering along the road. I even saw some Dogwood Blossoms!
My visit was not long. I only wandered Yosemite Valley a couple afternoons, entering and exiting the park on Highway 41 via Wawona as well as on Highway 140 from Merced.
Along Highway 140
A few California Poppies were evident.
I always like seeing Indian Paintbrush.
I had not seen much Lupine this year, so enjoyed finding these along the road.
Along Highway 41
In & Around Yosemite Valley
I do like Lupine!
I love this little spring erupting along side the road.
All of a sudden, one stretch of road was blanketed in fog. Lovely.
Along the Merced River
Relaxing Near a Pond
A Brewer’s Blackbird, I think.
Two Acorn Woodpeckers were busy on this stump, but it was quite far off.
Here’s a better view of an Acorn Woodpecker, seen a few weeks earlier in Bakersfield.
Some Wild Irises. I love these!
These Two Mallards were pretty active.
An American Raven
Some Dogwood Trees Were Still in Bloom
It was a great trip!
I am contemplating a drive over the Tioga Pass later this year. But I am not sure when. The Tioga Pass—which usually opens by late May—is finally open, a little bit now. Vehicles can travel the road for an hour each morning and then again an hour each afternoon. No services are open and no camping or parking are allowed. When Tioga Pass fully opens, there is some planned road maintenance that needs to happen. Maybe September?
Where is a place in Nature you return to again and again?