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Like the photography of Half Dome in yesterday’s entry, this is another iconic image that always makes me sigh. One thing I like about it is that there are no signs of humans or human activity. It looks pretty much the way it would’ve 100 or even 1,000 years ago. There aren’t even any contrails in the sky, only a few wispy cirrus clouds. Perfect!

Yosemite is one of many beautiful places on earth that’s being “loved to death.” Each time I visit Yosemite, or Machu Picchu, or Venice, I’m aware that as much as I love, admire and appreciate these places, I’m also contributing to their damage. Yosemite had over 4 million visitors in 2010. Almost all of those visitors go to the valley. That’s a lot of footsteps and toilet-flushes and car exhaust for this place to endure.

According to the National Park Service website for Yosemite, 73% of visitors listed “taking photographs/painting/drawing” as their primary activity…

Guilty as charged!



  1. Amazing-

  2. i agree, yosemite is a beautiful place 😀

    • Yosemite is lovely, and for me the challenge is finding a place to enjoy it alone!

      RPRT Photo

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