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Photos and Review of Yosemite National Park

My travel, accommodations and other miscellaneous expenses were sponsored by Nokia.

Once upon a time, the folks from Nokia swept me away to a magical place called Yosemite National Park. With a Nokia Lumia 1020, backpack and hiking shoes, I flew from Oklahoma City to Fresno, California and set out for an adventure like no other.

Nokia Lumia 1020

The group that Nokia brought together was a unique one – a rally car driver, BMX rider, professional photographers, actors, entrepreneurs, models….even a contestant from American Idol. I loved the diversity.

Yosemite National Park

The goal of this trip was to capture Yosemite with our Nokia Lumia devices (for me, the 1020), which all have impressive camera capabilities. The 1020 even includes a manual mode, much like a DSLR (thought MUCH lighter to carry!) where you can set aperture, exposure and more. The great Colby Brown was on site at 5:45 a.m. the first morning on our trip to show us just how to use these manual settings.

NOTE: All of the photos below were taken using the Nokia Lumia 1020 and are UNEDITED. I wanted to show the true power of the camera on the Lumia, so chose to leave the images untouched.

CHAPTER 1: LEARNING THE CAMERA, VISITING MUSEUMS, AND TREES LIKE WHOA.

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This stream ran right behind the Yosemite View Lodge, where we stayed. It provided the perfect guinea pig to test out the 1020 manual settings, too.

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The details in the images were pretty incredible, even on an overcast morning.

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Do you notice the motion blur in the photo above? This was done by lowering the aperture. It took a few tries, but I finally got it right.

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Seriously, this view. I could not get over having this in my backyard for three days.

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So, before I left for Yosemite I put a call out online for hiking fashion suggestions because, well, I had never been on a true outdoor adventure like this before. I mean, I had camped a couple times back when I was a kid and I have hiked Runyon Canyon a time or two, but this was different. This was three days of climbing rocks, walking through forest floors and scaling steeps paths. I needed to prepare.

Okay, I just wanted to go shopping. Stay tuned for a full shot of what I wore.

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After our Lumia 1020 training, we headed out for the day. First stop, the Mariposa History Museum, which included a stamp mill presentation.

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The museum was stuffed full of old treasures…some even a bit haunting.

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Travel Thursday: Yosemite National Park, Unedited

Next up, a walk through downtown Mariposa to a stone jail.

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Travel Thursday: Yosemite National Park, Unedited

Can I just stop a moment to say – WHAT THE HECK WITH YOUR TREES, YOSEMITE? I mean, oh my goodness…

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Historic courthouse that has been in use since 1854.

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

A journey to Mariposa Grove to take in the Giant Sequoia trees. I mean. I can’t…

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Is it just me, or is there a face in this Sequoia tree?

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Mariposa Grove giant Sequoia trees - Yosemite National Park Photos

Yosemite National Park - Tunnel View

This shot was at Tunnel View (which doesn’t have a bathroom, btw, so prepare before going!) where we stopped to watch the sunset. This is also a good pic of what I wore for the trip. If I could give one tip for dressing for Yosemite, it would be to dress in layers. The weather is all over the place – cold in the morning, then warm in the middle of the day, then back to chilly once the sun goes down.

Here is a basic list of what I wore:

  • North Face Fleece Jacket (with a hood)
  • Button-Up Long-Sleeve Shirt
  • Tank Top
  • North Face Cargo Pant
  • Keen Hiking Shoes
  • Osprey Backpack

Yosemite National Park - Tunnel View Sunset

And sunset.

CHAPTER TWO: RIVERS, WATERFALLS AND OMG.

Yosemite National Park - Swinging Bridge and Merced River

The second full day on the trip lead us first to Swinging Bridge and the Merced River. I cannot explain the beauty. And, is that a waterfall in the background?? I had a hard time taking it all in.

Yosemite National Park - Swinging Bridge and Merced River

Yosemite National Park - Swinging Bridge and Merced River

Yosemite National Park - Swinging Bridge and Merced River

My blogging buddy, Jenn from The Rebel Chick.

Yosemite National Park - Swinging Bridge and Merced River

The actual swinging bridge.

Yosemite National Park - Swinging Bridge and Merced River

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Because it is what you do, apparently.

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite Falls Waterfall

Yosemite Falls, up close. The whole time I kept wondering, “Where is all of that water coming from?” Snowmelt, they say.

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite Falls Waterfall

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Deer were everywhere throughout Yosemite. Just chilling.

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Bridalveil Fall.

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

The unique thing about Bridalveil is that the water will flow in the direction of the wind, so it is always changing. The water will even flow horizontally if the wind demands it.

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

Yosemite National Park - Bridalveil Fall Waterfall

See what I mean?

Ahwanee Lodge, Yosemite National Park's Four-Diamond hotel

Ahwanee Lodge, Yosemite National Park’s Four-Diamond hotel known for its architecture and national surroundings that include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point.

Ahwanee Lodge, Yosemite National Park's Four-Diamond hotel

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Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point

Glacier Point. Seriously, guys, this is where shiz got real. The view from here is breathtaking. Like, there is no way I can even capture this in an image. I could have sat here for days, just looking at it. We stopped here on our last night to witness the sunset.

NOTE: It is really chilly up here and the roads can close if the snow or ice gets too treacherous.

Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point

See that tall rounded rock? Half Dome.

Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point

Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point

Yosemite National Park - Glacier Point

When you witness something so majestic and magical, you just have to lift up your hands and take it in the best you can. I did not feel like I had enough room to take it all in. At times, it was downright overwhelming, but in the best way. Yosemite gives you something that you will never forget and leave you longing to go back.

I cannot thank Nokia enough for including me in this adventure and providing me with a Lumia 1020 to capture it all. I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet.

Until next time, Yosemite.