“Gates of the Valley” has always been a vantage point that exemplifies the beauty of Yosemite National Park. While many of us know iconic Yosemite from the “tunnel view”, it is the ground level view of “‘Gates of the Valley” that provides a sense of scale that eternally entrances me. Taking in this view with fresh snow on the ground is nothing less than seeing Yosemite in it’s purest form. The snow seemingly takes back what we have taken from the landscape. Roads, fences, and footsteps disappear all while quietly revealing the true denizens of the valley the deer, coyotes and other animals that live under the towering trees & cliff walls.
Even while protected as a U.S. National Park it’s great to see nature take back the land.
[tags]photography, Yosemite, national park, NPS, winter, stock photo[/tags]