My second day in Yosemite was as exciting as the first one. We decided to spend that day in the upper part of the Park, driving the Tioga Road to the small town of Lee Vining at the shores of Mono Lake.

This part of Yosemite NP is less known than Yosemite Valley, probably because the Tioga Road and the mountain pass are closed during winter. Here we didn’t see the crowds of tourists like in the Valley. The landscape in this area is very different from the Valley’s. The altitude difference between the two areas is huge: the valley is at around 700 meters above the sea and the Tioga Road has an altitude of more than 3500 meters. Here the meadows are larger with rivers running through them, forests are not as deep, vegetation is lower, and there are more lakes… But this area is no less beautiful than the famous valley. There are impressive views of the Valley from above, and the Tioga Pass is one of the greatest landscapes I’ve seen in California. And arriving from the mountain green landscapes of Yosemite to the almost deserted area of Mono Lake was a bit of a shock!

Here are some photos I took from the round trip from Yosemite to Mono lake along the Tioga road. I hope you like them! 🙂

Yosemite Valley from Olmsted Point. Canon EOS1200D 27mm f/11 1/400sec. ISO100
Upper Yosemite, Tenaya Lake. Canon EOS1200D 55mm f/11 1/60sec. ISO100
Tenaya Lake. Canon EOS1200D 32mm f/11 1/50sec. ISO100
Tenaya Lake. Canon EOS1200D 27mm f/11 1/30sec. ISO100
Tioga Lake. Canon EOS1200D 25mm f/11 1/60sec. ISO100
Tioga Mountain pass. Canon EOS1200D 23mm f/11 1/80sec. ISO100
Mono Lake. Canon EOS1200D 21mm f/11 1/80sec. ISO100
Tioga Lake. Canon EOS1200D 29mm f/11 1/25sec. ISO100
View from Gaylor peak. Canon EOS1200D 32mm f/11 1/50sec. ISO100
View from Gaylor Peak. Canon EOS1200D 30mm f/11 1/50sec. ISO100
Golden hour at Tuolumne Meadows. Canon EOS1200D 29mm f/25 1/50sec. ISO100
Golden Hour at Tuolumne Meadow. Canon EOS1200D 55m f/11 1/250sec. ISO100
Camper Van. Canon EOS1200D 55m f/11 1/20sec. ISO100
Sunset at Tuolumne Meadow. Canon EOS1200D 24mm f/11 1/500sec. ISO100
Golden Hour. Canon EOS1200D 55mm f/11 1/125sec. ISO100
Fog covering Yosemite Valley at sunset. Canon EOS1200D 40mm f/11 1/13sec. ISO100

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  1. Boy, you brought back memories with your beautiful images! The last time we were up there, my youngest got the worst nose bleed. I’m thinking it was the altitude. I’ll have to go back there on my next Yosemite trip, if it’s in the summer.

    • Thanks a lot, Anne!!! I’m happy they bring you nice memories! 🙂
      I’m sure it was the altitude… I found it very hard to breathe up there!! Even the slightest slope was difficult for me there! But I enjoyed the little hikes we did there, I guess the altitude and the difficult to breathe was part of the things that make the upper part of the Park so impressive!
      I’ll be looking forward to seeing your photos from Yosemite!!! 🙂

      • They cancelled the trip for January and postponed it till March. My friend and I are going to try for February if Yosemite Falls have water. We want to catch the fire fall effect.

  2. oh wow! The pictures are amazing, so beautiful 🙂 wish to be there

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  4. These photographs are so beautiful! The “Golden hour at Tuolumne Meadows” is my personal favorite.

    • Thanks a lot!! 🙂 The light in the moment I took that photo was gorgeous! I was very lucky to be in the perfect place at the perfect moment. A few km further, the Valley was totally covered by fog and there wasn’t any sunset… hehehe

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