Yosemite

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Oct 28 2012

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Category: The Americas, U.S.A.

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It had been snowing till early spring that year in the Californian Sierra Nevada. Even by July the snow had not yet disappeared from the higher altitudes and I remember us driving, and pitching our tent, between heaps of snow in full summer. This was probably the reason why, when we came to Yosemite, impressive masses of water were still hurtling down with full force from the many falls around the park. The Merced River was running wild, drawing a winding track, white as the snow it came from, through the landscape of the valley.

Merced River, Yosemite Park

In 1864, while the Civil War was raging, Lincoln signed the bill that made Yosemite the first protected wilderness park in the world. We can be grateful to him for this memorable act.

Photo of the week: Nevada Fall, Yosemite National park, U.S.A., 1998

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