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  • Backcountry Journeys – Spring in Yosemite 1

    Landscape & Wildlife Photography Tours, Workshops & Safaris 928-478-1521 | adventure@backcountryjourneys.com | www.backcountryjourneys.com

    Spring in Yosemite

    “Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while,

    and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit

    clean.”

    -John Muir

    Pricing, Dates & Booking

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    Last Published: June 16, 2020

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    Trip Overview

    Yosemite National Park is easily one of the most dramatic and

    spectacular alpine landscapes in the world. From the soaring heights of

    El Capitan and Half-Dome to the dramatic fields of mountain

    wildflowers and mesmerizing waterfalls – Yosemite is really a

    photographer’s paradise.

    Sculpted by glaciers, Yosemite Valley is one of the most dramatically

    beautiful alpine landscapes in the world. It’s rounded granite domes

    tower thousands of feet over an idyllic valley floor with rushing streams

    pouring into the lovely Merced River. From atop Yosemite’s lofty

    heights, snow melts into raging waterfalls that cascade down its solid

    rock faces creating a photographic tapestry like none other in the world.

    Our Spring in Yosemite Photography Tour/Workshop offers an

    impressive array of opportunities for both amateur and experienced

    photographers alike. We time this trip to coincide with peak waterfall

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    season in the spring of the year. As the snow melts in the high country

    – Yosemite’s waterfalls rush to life. This is also a great time of year for

    Alpine Wildflowers and Rainbows shining off of the mists in the various

    falls.

    Our experienced photography guides have been exploring the Sierra

    Nevada for the past decade and will offer their wealth of knowledge on

    this photographic endeavor into the old stomping grounds of Ansel

    Adams. Our small groups will allow you plenty of one on one time with

    your instructors so you can focus on improving your craft. Instructors

    will be on hand teaching a wealth of insider tips & tricks on Yosemite

    specific landscape photography.

    The Spring in Yosemite Photography Tour aims to place you right in the

    action at Yosemite’s iconic spots. Rainbows, Waterfalls, Wildflowers and

    big, wide-open landscapes abound! We’ll be photographing Upper

    Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls and more

    as we comb Yosemite Valley for photo opportunites. We’ll also

    photograph the big granite domes such as El Capitan, Sentinel and

    Half-Dome as well as many locations on the valley floor. Every good

    photographer knows that it’s all about the light – and our photography

    guides will make sure you’re in the right place at the right time during

    the best lighting conditions.

    You will be part of a small group led by professional photographers and

    staying at our wonderful lodge nestled in the pines. After a long day of

    hiking and photographing in Yosemite we’ll kick back at the lodge with

    a great meal, photo reviews, instructor presentations and probably

    some good laughs as well!

    Join us in Yosemite this year for during our Spring photography tour

    for an unforgettable experience. Yosemite is a photographic mecca

    unlike just about anywhere else!

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    Highlights • Waterfalls, Rainbows, Half-Dome, Upper Falls & more!

    • Photograph Yosemite’s iconic spots such as Bridal Veil Falls,

    Nevada & Vernal Falls

    • Yosemite Valley Photography including Tunnel View, Valley View

    and Yosemite Meadows

    • Stunning Views

    • Small Groups

    • Cozy lodges

    • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

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    Noteworthy Travel Logistics • This trip begins & ends in Fresno, California

    • We will meet at our hotel in Fresno at 5pm on Day One.

    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Fresno Convention Center*

    2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, California, 93721, USA

    +1-559-268-1000

    *Please note: Exact hotel is subject to change - equivalent hotel may be substituted.

    If you are planning on arriving early or staying late please contact us.

    • The airport to fly in/out is Yosemite Fresno International (FAT)

    • We should be back in Fresno no later than 2pm on the last day of

    the trip.

    • Your hotel will have a complimentary airport shuttle – just call 24

    hours in advance to schedule your pick-up!

    Transportation On-Tour

    • We will provide ground transportation throughout the trip from Fresno, California into Yosemite National Park and back. If you

    have a vehicle you can leave it at our lodge.

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    Itinerary Please note: We offer both a “standard” and “hiker” version of this trip

    for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits

    you best? Give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form

    below! Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day One (Travel Day)(D)

    “Standard” Itinerary, and “Hiker” Itinerary

    We will meet at our hotel in Fresno at 5pm the first evening of the trip

    for an orientation and welcome dinner.

    Day Two (B,L,D)

    Hiker Itinerary: Mileage 6-9 miles 1000-1900 feet elevation gain. Easier options are possible We’ll begin with a trek along the Mist Trail to photograph both Vernal

    Falls and Nevada Falls – two of Yosemite’s most impressive waterfalls.

    These gems are best photographed in mid-morning during even light.

    Liberty Cap, Grizzly Peak, the Panorama Cliffs, Sentinel Dome, Glacier

    Point and even Half Dome will be rising all around us during this

    wonderful full-day trek. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the high country

    next to an impressive waterfall overlook before descending back to the

    valley floor.

    This evening with weather conditions permitting, we’ll drive up to what

    many consider the most impressive vantage point in Yosemite – Glacier

    Point. This dramatic, awe-inspiring viewpoint looks straight down into

    Yosemite Valley, 3,000 vertical feet below. We can gaze across the

    Valley to take in the entire plunge of Yosemite Falls, and get an up-

    close and personal view of Half-Dome as well as Nevada and Vernal

    Falls. This is an iconic sunset shot in which we’ll make sure to spend

    the necessary time to capture it just right.

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    After shooting well into the evening we’ll retire to our cozy lodge.

    “Standard” Itinerary:

    We will catch the early morning light at one of the many accessible viewpoints in the park.

    This evening with weather conditions permit