Christine White Loberg Yosemite Peaches

The power of Yosemite National Park to inspire people from all over the world is unmistakeable. In my interview with Christine White Loberg, we learned about the inspiration she receives with every walk through Yosemite’s majestic landscape. Christine is a Yosemite National Park Ranger as well as a teaching staff photographer at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. We walked around Yosemite Valley and wandered through the Ahwahnee Meadow on my visit with Christine. The broadcast of the Christine White Loberg Yosemite Peaches show was originally broadcast on air & streaming at KAAD-LP 103.5 FM Sonora, California.

Christine White Loberg Yosemite Peaches

Christine White Loberg Yosemite Peaches

Christine and I have shared many adventures in Yosemite National Park together. Her positive energy is infectious, and she truly is an inspiration to all who meet her. Her ability to find positives in every walk she takes in nature is an asset and she represents Yosemite National Park as an ambassador. Learn about Christine’s many adventures in the vast wilderness including her run in with a pair of mountain lions she encountered while hiking and photographing one day. She amazingly captured that moment with an image she titles “Sleeping Lions”.  You can view many ot images from Christine  on her Instagram Yosemite photography page.

Christine White Loberg Yosemite Peaches

The podcast of the Christine White Loberg Yosemite Peaches show is available on our Yosemite Can O Peaches page on LibsyniTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. Please help support local radio programs by subscribing to this show on one of those platforms.

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The concept for the Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast was developed over the past several years. Each show will be recorded live from the trails of Yosemite National Park. Host John P. DeGrazio will share stories of how Yosemite influenced the lives of local artists, musicians, photographers, explorers, and a variety of other Yosemite experts with a tale to tell. The peaches represent the sweet reward of every exploration in nature. Special thanks to Thomas Wilmer for his kind generosity and mentorship. Tom also recorded the Outro for this show. 

Kirk Keeler Yosemite Peaches

Kirk Keeler Yosemite Peaches

I learned a lot about the power of Yosemite on my March 31, 2017 interview with Kirk Keeler. Kirk is is a teaching staff photographer and workshop coordinator of the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. We walked along the Merced River on the Yosemite Valley Loop trail with his colleague Evan Russel. After Evan’s interview ended, Kirk and I escaped to Leidig Meadow to enjoy a conversation and some peaches under the stars as we were serenaded by hundreds of frogs in Yosemite Valley. The broadcast of the Kirk Keeler Yosemite Peaches show will be Sunday April 16, 2017 at 1 pm PDT on air & streaming at KAAD-LP 103.5 FM Sonora, California.

Kirk Keeler Yosemite Peaches

Kirk Keeler Yosemite Peaches

Kirk and I have shared many meaningful conversations in the past year, and I feel I have earned his trust. He was able to share one of his biggest disappointments in our interview together. Kirk also explained how Yosemite has healed that wound which begs the question ‘What does Yosemite move you to do?’. Learn more about Kirk and find out if he really does like the taste of canned peaches and see what he has in common with Austin Plaine.

The podcast of the show with Kirk will follow shortly after that broadcast on our Yosemite Can O Peaches page on LibsyniTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. Please help support local radio programs by subscribing to this show on one of those platforms.

Kirk Keeler Yosemite Peaches

The concept for the Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast was developed over the past several years. Each show will be recorded live from the trails of Yosemite National Park. Host John P. DeGrazio will share stories of how Yosemite influenced the lives of local artists, musicians, photographers, explorers, and a variety of other Yosemite experts with a tale to tell. The peaches represent the sweet reward of every exploration in nature. Special thanks to Thomas Wilmer for his kind generosity and mentorship. Tom also recorded the Outro for this show. 

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches Podcast

Peaches Podcast Evan Russel

For the second Yosemite Can O Peaches show, I interview my good friend and adventure companion Evan Russel, the curator of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Evan discusses a wide range of topics from the influence Ansel Adams had on his life and career path as a professional photographer to his very first black and white photograph ever made in Yosemite National Park. The Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches Podcast is now available on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. Please help support local radio programs by subscribing to this show on one of those platforms.

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches Podcast

The Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches Podcast was first broadcast on Sunday April 2, 2017 at 1 pm PDT on air & streaming at KAAD-LP 103.5 FM. The show will also air today Friday April 7 at 6:30pm PDT and again this weekend. KAAD-LP is a community radio station in Sonora, California.

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches Podcast

The concept for the Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast was developed over the past several years. Each show will be recorded live from the trails of Yosemite National Park. Host John P. DeGrazio will share stories of how Yosemite influenced the lives of local artists, musicians, photographers, explorers, and a variety of other Yosemite experts with a tale to tell. The peaches represent the sweet reward of every exploration in nature. Special thanks to Thomas Wilmer for his kind generosity and mentorship. Tom also recorded the Outro for this show. 

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches

On March 31, 2017, I had the privilege to interview Evan Russel, the curator for the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. Evan and I walked along the Merced River on the Yosemite Valley Loop trail with his colleague and fellow staff photographer, Kirk Keeler, in search of photographic opportunities and tasty peaches. The broadcast of the Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches show will be Sunday April 2, 2017 at 1 pm PDT on air & streaming at KAAD-LP 103.5 FM Sonora, California. The show with Kirk will follow in two weeks.

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches

Evan, Kirk, and I have been friends for several years, and we have shared many Yosemite adventures together.  In the interview we discuss some of Evan’s most memorable journeys through the Yosemite Wilderness, including the day he literally risked his life to save a bird known as a sooty grouse from likely execution at the hand of an animal abuser. Evan also shared some valuable information where he likes to to take friends and family members to escape the crowds and heat of Yosemite Valley in summer.

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches

Evan Russel is local to the Yosemite region and grew up in the Sierra foothill town of Sonora, California in Tuolumne County. He left for school at UC Santa Cruz but returned to follow his passion to be a Yosemite photographer. He now lives in Yosemite National Park in an historic home in Yosemite Valley. Evan  has been working at the Ansel Adams Gallery for over a decade since June 2006. He is a fine art photographer who has produced a brilliant portfolio of black and white photography. His website is evanrussel.com, and he also has a Facebook Page Evan Russel Photography.

In the interview, Evan shares the process of how he makes a fine art photographic image while sprinkling in some of his biting humor along the way. Don’t miss the Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches show Sunday April 2, 2017 at 1 pm PDT on air & streaming at KAAD-LP 103.5 FM. The podcast will be released in the week after on the Yosemite Can O Peaches Podcast Page.

Evan Russel Yosemite Peaches
Evan Russel Interviewed by John DeGrazio (Photo by Kirk Keeler)

The Ansel Adams Gallery is located in Yosemite Valley, between the Visitor Center and Post Office.  The gallery offer hundreds of Ansel Adams images and other artwork for sale. They hold the largest collection of authorized Ansel Adams photographic images available. The gallery also hosts shows and other activities including camera walks. You may visit their website at anseladams.com.

John P. DeGrazio had his first Can O Peaches on the summit of Mt. Rainier back in 1997. John founded YExplore Yosemite Adventures in 2006 has shared the sweet rewards of many adventures as a result of that life changing moment. The concept for the Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Show was developed throughout the years as an idea to share stories of adventurous spirits whose lives have been shaped by their connection to the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast

Yosemite CanOPeaches DeGrazio

The Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast is now available on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. Please help promote local radio programs by subscribing to this show on one of those platforms.

Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast

You may also subscribe directly to the RSS feed on the official Yosemite Can O Peaches Podcast Page at Libsyn.

The Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast debuted on KAAD-LP 103.5 FM, a local community radio station in Sonora, CA,  Sunday March 19. It will be rebroadcast today at 7 pm PDT. Please help support local radio by listening on your FM dial or streaming at KAAD-LP.org.

For the world premiere Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast, John P. DeGrazio interviewed Les Marsden, the Founder and Conductor for the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra under the booming Yosemite Falls. Les is a retired actor who now brings his musical gifts to the world via Yosemite National Park. They discussed the gift Les shared with the world, his symphonic masterpiece, “Our Nation’s Nature”, on a summer evening at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park in 2016. Les also shared his love and devotion to Yosemite as well as his favorite swimming holes in the interview.

Here is a little more background on “Our Nation’s Nature” from Les Marsden.

“It’s an honor to be the premiere guest on this great new show! And it may be helpful for listeners to understand what “Our Nation’s Nature” is all about. There’s more information, as well as our mini-documentary and links to the music’s program notes right here: http://www.mariposaartscouncil.org/mariposa-symphony-orchestra/

The concept for the Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast was developed over the past several years. Each show will be recorded live from the trails of Yosemite National Park. Host John P. DeGrazio will share stories of Yosemite from local artists, musicians, photographers, explorers, and a variety of other Yosemite experts with a tale to tell.  The peaches represent the sweet reward of every exploration in nature. Special thanks to Thomas Wilmer for his kind generosity and mentorship. Tom also recorded the Outro for this show.

World Premiere Radio Broadcast

Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio

The World Premiere Radio Broadcast of Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio will be Sunday March 19, 2017 at 1 pm PDT on air & streaming at KAAD-LP 103.5 Sonora, California.

 

World Premiere Radio Broadcast Yosemite Can O Peaches

World Premiere Radio Broadcast

Don’t miss the World Premiere Radio Broadcast of The Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Show with John P. DeGrazio Sunday March 19, 2017 at 1 pm. John interviewed Les Marsden, the Founder and Conductor for the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra under the booming Yosemite Falls for the first interview to be aired on this show. Les is a retired actor who now brings his musical gifts to the world via Yosemite National Park.

We discuss the gift Les shared with the world, his symphonic masterpiece, “Our Nation’s Nature”, on a summer evening at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park in 2016. Les also shared his love and devotion to Yosemite as well as his favorite swimming holes in the interview. Please join me Sunday March 19, 2017 at 1 pm PDT for the first show on air and streaming live at KAAD-LP 103.5 Sonora, CA.

KAAD-LP will broadcast a recording of “Our Nation’s Nature” performed live at Glacier Point immediately following the show at 2 pm PDT. Please continue listening to enjoy the delightful masterpiece.

Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio

On August 21, 2016, the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra made history with a performance at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. They performed four large scale symphonic poems titled “Our Nation’s Nature”, composed by the orchestra’s founder and conductor, Les Marsden. Les wrote individual pieces to commemorate four distinct anniversaries in Yosemite National Park from 2014 through 2016. They were performed in a series of concerts throughout Yosemite’s gateway communities. The tour concluded with a concert at Glacier Point celebrating the National Park Service Centennial anniversary in what was described as a show for the ages. Here is a recording of that performance.

World Premiere Radio Broadcast Yosemite Can O Peaches

Yosemite February 2017 Instagram Monthly Review

This is the Yosemite February 2017 Instagram Monthly Review. Yosemite National Park was inundated with winter storms throughout the month of February causing major damage to two main roadways leading into the park on Highway 41 and inside the park on Big Oak Flat Road from Highway 120. Highway 41 repairs are ongoing with delays into Yosemite. Highway 120 currently has no access into Yosemite Valley. Make sure to contact Yosemite National Park for updated road conditions before visiting. Upon arriving in Yosemite Valley, visitors were greeted with snow covered cliffs and booming waterfalls throughout the month of February. As a result we were able to capture many majestic scenes including Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Water saturated the meadows of Yosemite Valley, and I was able to capture several reflection shots.

Here are the most liked photos from the YExplore Yosemite February 2017 Instagram page with over 225 likes. They were all taken on Guided YExplore Yosemite Tours. There are several more daily images from Yosemite on our feed and now have 2608 followers. Please follow and share with other IGers to help us build our Instagram audience @yexplore.

Yosemite February 2017 Instagram

Yosemite February 2017 Instagram

 

Taking a moment this morning to reflect on the good fortune of spending time in nature. #yosemite

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Yosemite January 2017 Instagram Monthly Review

This is the Yosemite January 2017 Instagram Monthly Review. Winter storms continued to reinvigorate Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada with several feet of fresh snow. Yosemite waterfalls have been full since November, and we are still anticipating a huge spring waterfall runoff. Finally, it appears the California drought may have ended. This is welcome news for us all!

Here are the most liked photos from the YExplore Yosemite January 2017 Instagram page with over 250 likes. They were all taken on Guided YExplore Yosemite Tours. There are several more daily images from Yosemite on our feed and now have 2585 followers. Please follow and share with other IGers to help us build our Instagram audience @yexplore.

Yosemite January 2017 Instagram

Yosemite January 2017 Instagram

 

Loving Yosemite Falls this winter. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitefalls #waterfalls #yexplore

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Yosemite January 2017 Instagram

Sentinel Rock reflecting in the Merced River. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yexplore

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El Capitan just because

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All photos taken for Yosemite January 2017 Instagram on an iPhone 6s by John P. DeGrazio

Yosemite January 2017 Instagram Photos & Videos Courtesy of  http://instagram.com/yexplore

Photographing with a camera phone was once frowned upon as a lazy way out of making an image. With advancing technology, these phones are becoming more integral in everyday “outdoor” life. I am currently using the iPhone 6s with a 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone. – John P. DeGrazio

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

February is African American History Month. A great way to celebrate is by honoring many prominent African Americans in United States history. I’d like to kick off Yosemite African American History Month 2017 with a tribute to several African American explorers who visited Yosemite in 2016. Additionally, it was my true honor to share these adventures with brave and energetic pathfinders. I was able to take many exhilarating images in their presence as they met every obstacle Yosemite threw at them.

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

President Barack Obama gracefully overcame so many challenges over the past eight years. He has cemented his legacy as the United States President who has designated the most wild land for protection. By designating Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments in December, he has protected over 553 million acres of wild land.

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

During all that work for conservation, President Obama still had enough time to come to Yosemite in 2016 on Father’s Day weekend. I was honored to be able to take a few photos of this wilderness champion during this historic event.

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

Many African Americans visit Yosemite each year. However, there are several community leaders who wish to see better representation of African Americans in our national parks. I met Rue Mapp, the founder of Outdoor Afro, in Yosemite on the day of the president’s visit. Ms. Mapp shared the mission of her organization which is an effort to get more African Americans outdoors. This is directly from their About Us page on the Outdoor Afro website:

Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!”

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

I was able to spend a lot of quality time on the trails in 2016 with African American expeditionists and their families. They all were brave enough to accomplish some outstanding achievements. Most noteworthy were Yosemite Falls and the summit of Half Dome. I have selected some of my favorite photos to share in celebration of these wonderful achievements.

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

As we celebrate African American History Month, it is important to also recognize those who make their own history every day.

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

In conclusion, look forward to sharing so many more Yosemite guided hiking experiences with African American hikers in 2017. And if you’re listening, President Obama, it would be a great honor to lead you and your family to the summit of Half Dome now that you are a private citizen.

Yosemite African American History Month 2017

Finally, this could be you on the Half Dome Visor in 2017!

 

Yosemite December 2016 Instagram Monthly Review

This is the Yosemite December 2016 Instagram Monthly Review. Winter returned to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada in full force in December as 2016 ended with a bang. Warmer temperatures brought mostly rain to the lower elevations as storms pummeled California. Elevations above 10,000 feet received a steady dose of snow. The realities of climate change prove although all precipitation is welcome, much of the rainfall turned into runoff before it could be captured for future use. However, most Yosemite waterfalls have been full since November, and we are anticipating a huge spring waterfall season.

Here are the most liked photos and videos from the YExplore Yosemite December 2016 Instagram page with over 225 likes. There are several more daily images from Yosemite on our feed. We have reached an instagram milestone and now have 2554 followers. Please follow and share with other IGers to help us build our Instagram audience @yexplore.

Yosemite December 2016 Instagram

Yosemite December 2016 Instagram

 

Half Dome is letting off a little steam this morning. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #halfdome #yexplore

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Yosemite December 2016 Instagram

I come to Yosemite to wallow in my own humility. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #elcapitan #yexplore

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Yosemite December 2016 Instagram

Nevada Feliz Navidad

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More Yosemite Magic at Mirror Lake. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yexplore

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All photos taken for Yosemite December 2016 Instagram on an iPhone 6s by John P. DeGrazio

Yosemite December 2016 Instagram Photos & Videos Courtesy of  http://instagram.com/yexplore

Photographing with a camera phone was once frowned upon as a lazy way out of making an image. With advancing technology, these phones are becoming more integral in everyday “outdoor” life. I am currently using the iPhone 6s with a 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone. – John P. DeGrazio