"When I actually went to Yosemite, it was like seeing everything in quotation marks."
—Joe Deal (New Topographics, p. 17)
From Rob Atkins (thanks Rob)
UPDATE: By coincidence, NBC Nightly News had a segment about Yosemite tonight. Because of unusually high levels of snowfall and snowmelt this year, apparently the waterfalls in the park are brimful to a degree seldom seen in living memory—the famous falls are gorged and there are smaller falls in places where they've never been observed before. Visitors are dazzled. So maybe the quotation would be underlined and in bold type this year.
UPDATE #2: And in a related item, California is closing one-fourth of its public parks because of budget cuts and tax resistance.
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Featured Comment by Clayton Jones: "My brother and I just returned from six days at Yosemite and it was indeed spectacular, with several falls that no one knew the names of because they'd never seen them before. Yosemite Falls was so loud it could be heard booming through the valley at night. From our room at Yosemite Lodge it sounded like an endless freight train.
"Because of the heavy snow pack, the high roads, Glacier Point and Tioga Pass, were still closed. Fortunately, Glacier Point road opened at noon on our last day there (May 27th) and we spent the afternoon up there. Lots of snow in those pictures (I shot between 2 GB and 3 GB each day [with a 12-MP camera]).
"One interesting aspect of it was seeing all the other photographers there, with everything from cell phones to medium format. There was a festive atmosphere of shared fun and excitement. We had lots of nice conversations with other photographers.
"I've seen Yosemite pictures for years, including AA's. But none of them prepared me for the impact of the real thing. Yosemite really has to be experienced; it's beyond words or photos."