Monday, June 27, 2011

Yosemite Valley

Dear Readers,

Unfortunately, I am suffering from photoparalysis!  Don't try and look it up, it's a term I just created for my current condition.  I figure that's what I'll call it when I return from vacationing in a neat place and I've taken too many photos to know what to do.

You see, last week, I was in Yosemite and it was way too pretty, so I took far too many pictures.  Today, I'll give you a little teaser.  This is Yosemite Valley from the tunnel at the south entrance.

My apologies if there is actually a real condition called photoparalysis.

Sincerely yours,
Nate (of Nate's Nonsense)


Judi said...

WOW! What a breathtaking view. Thanks for sharing it with us.

mary said...

Show more pics! I have lived in California for 30 years and have never been there. Its really hard to believe when I think about it. I used to be an Ansel Adams fan before I moved here too.

Nance said...

I have suffered from the condition you call photoparalysis. My instances usually occur after a weekend with grandbabies but it has happened, too, in National Parks, on backroads and scenic byways.

Merideth in Wyoming said...

This makes me want to SEE Yosemite for myself!!!

Anonymous said...

Yosemite is always beautiful - or at least it seems that way. I have only had the privilege of visiting once, but have seen many gorgeous pictures - enough to appreciate the condition of photoparalysis anyway.

I have never found a believable definition of "Yosemite" - do you know the origin of the word? Does anyone?

Chuck Kelly said...

Beautiful picture; the real thing must be unbelievable.

Nate Maas said...

Thanks, Judi.

Mary, you've got to go! Seriously. It is one of our family's favorite places. It's one of those places, that even when it's crowded with people, leaves you in awe. Get out and explore the valley early. In peak season, there will be lots of people out between about 11 and 5, but early in the morning is my favorite and it gets a lot less crowded.

Nance, I feel your pain. I figured there were probably fellow sufferers.

Merideth, I know you make it to California, and have even come through San Luis Obispo on the train, you'll have to get your kids to take you to Yosemite.

Michael, I'm certainly no expert on Indian languages, but it appears that it was probably taken from a Miwok Indian word for another tribe that lived in the Valley and means, "those who kill." The tribe that lived in the Valley, who were collective renegades from other tribes, called the place something closer to what we now call Ahwahnee (like the hotel in Yosemite today). Ahwahnee apparently comes from Indian words meaning something like "large mouth" referring to the appearance of the valley walls from the valley floor.

Astrocrabpuff said...

Gorgeous! Just upload them all, right? ... hee!

Unknown said...

Beautiful picture! The u-shaped valley reminds me of glaciers. I try to restrain myself from making a lot of pictures when on holiday to avoid photoparalysis (according to google only 3 people ever used this word at the www). In the Dutch language it is allowed to make new words by adding two words together, but English always demands a (boring) space in between.

Nate Maas said...

Considering how many awful terms are created for modern use, I'm happy to creationsmith new words for English and you'll have to share some of your favorite Dutch terms with us.

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