March 2016 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

March came in like a lion. Early storms added to our snowpack which boosted the waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. The days received an extra hour of light as we sprung forward with daylight savings. Spring is the season for Yosemite waterfalls.  Record crowds continue to rush to the waterfalls which continue to be the main attraction in Yosemite Valley. There are over 12 waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. The most popular are Bridalveil, Yosemite, Vernal, and Nevada. Did you ever see Ribbon, Staircase, Lehamite, or Sentinel?

The Mist Trais now open so it is a great time for viewing Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. Hetch Hetchy is also a great alternative to Yosemite Valley with splendid views of Wapama and Tueeulala. Say Tueeulala five times fast.

Here are some of the most popular photos from our March 2016 Yosemite Instagram with 150 likes or more. There are many more on our feed so please follow and share to help us build our audience @yexplore.

March 2016 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

March 2016 Yosemite Instagram Vernal Fall Half Dome
Vernal Fall and Half Dome from the Clark Trail by John P. DeGrazio

All photos taken on an iPhone 6s

 

Still my favorite view of Vernal Fall in Yosemite with Half Dome. #yosemite #waterfalls #halfdome #vernalfall #yexplore

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Being prepared allowed us to climb these icy steps for great views of Vernal Fall today #yosemite #yaktrax #hiking #yexplore

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El Capitan this morning. #yosemite #elcapitan #elcap #yexplore

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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 an 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

February 2016 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

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Mt. Watkins reflecting in Mirror Lake by John P. DeGrazio

February 2016 was a day longer this year which meant we all got an extra day of adventure. It was also the warmest February on record. Due to rapid snow melt, January snow turned into fuller than expected February waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. Here are some of the most popular photos from our February 2016 Yosemite Instagram with 140 likes or more. There are many more on our feed so please follow and share to help us build our audience @yexplore.

February 2016 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

All photos taken on an iPhone 6s

 

I think I got one that may work #yosemite #horsetailfall #firefall #yexplore #iphone #noedits

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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 an 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

January 2016 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

Here are some of our most popular photos from January in Yosemite on Instagram with 140 likes or more. There are many more on our feed so please follow and share to help us build our audience @yexplore.

All photos taken on an iPhone 6s

Snow changes everything! #yosemite #halfdome #findyourpark #yosemiteambassador #yexplore

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Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park in black and white. #maybeitsjustaphase

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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 an 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

2015 Yosemite Instagram Year in Review Best Nine

Yosemite Bestnine 
By John P. DeGrazio 

2015 was an exciting year. YExplore has grown in so many ways and are extremely thankful for the opportunity to guide tours in Yosemite National Park on a daily basis all year long. As my photography has developed over the years, I have taken pride in being able to share these images. Here is our Instagram bestnine for 2015.  Please follow us @yexplore if you haven’t already.

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All photos taken on an iPhone 5 & 6s
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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 an 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

November 2015 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

Here are some of our most popular photos and video on Instagram with 125 likes or more. It was difficult to select some favorites and there are many more on our feed. All we would like for the holidays are more instagram followers so please check us out @yexplore if you haven’t already.

Thankful to share our vision & mission of Yosemite adventures & photography with so many. #yosemite #yexplore #happythanksgiving A photo posted by YExplore Yosemite Adventures (@yexplore) on

All photos taken on an iPhone 6s

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 an 12 megapixel camera and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

July 2015 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

Instagram photographs from July 2015. Here are the most popular photos with 125 likes or more.

All photos taken on an iPhone 5

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 5 with an 8 megapixel camera, and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

May 2015 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

YExplore images on Instagram from May 2015.

All photos taken on an iPhone 5

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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 5 with an 8 megapixel camera, and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

April 2015 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

Here are some of our most popular Instagram Photos from April 2015. Please click on our logo and follow us @yexplore

All photos taken on an iPhone 5

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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 5 with an 8 megapixel camera, and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

All Our Yosemite Instagram Photos are Legit

Yosemite Daily Photo Updates 
By John P. DeGrazio 

My friend Zach Behrens is an outdoor writer who I met at a conference last spring. He recently shared an article he wrote about an Instagrammer who took some “Epic, Yet Illegal” photos in Yosemite National Park on an Instagram account. While some of these photos were awe inspiring, many were taken illegally. I noticed the account had over 50k followers and immediately wondered how the YExplore Instagram account had less than 1000. So, in an attempt to be a little more self-promotional, here are some of our photos from the past month that we hope will inspire some awe and maybe even encourage more visitors to legally explore the trails of Yosemite National Park. Of course, if you enjoy these photos we’d be honored if you follow YExplore on Instagram for our daily Yosemite photo updates.

 

Zach’s article can be seen by following this link.

 

Yosemite Instagram Week(s) in Review: Photos From an iPhone 8.11-9.1.13

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The Rim Fire Beyond Mt. Starr King, Yosemite National Park by John P. DeGrazio

Rim Fire

By John P. DeGrazio

It’s been a very difficult period of time in Yosemite during what is currently the fourth largest wildfire in California recorded history, The Rim Fire. This fire started in the Stanislaus National Forest and quickly spread to the national park and many neighboring communities in both Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. We have been taking some photos of the sky and landscapes from within and just outside Yosemite National Park. For the majority of the last few weeks, much of Yosemite and the Valley were protected against the fire and smoke that continues to wreak havoc north of the park’s boundary, but a wind shift over the past weekend changed everything. We’re not sure if it is coincidence, but the conditions in Yosemite Valley worsened almost immediately after a backburning effort began near Crane Flat inside the park. The conditions inside Yosemite Valley have improved dramatically since then, but many fled the park on Saturday seeking safer places to enjoy the rest of their Labor Day weekend.

The devastation of the Rim Fire cannot be measured only in dollars from expenditures to fight it, structures that were destroyed, real estate damaged, and revenues lost by many businesses inside of Yosemite and its gateway communities. Let’s not also forget the extreme impact this has had on the area’s wildlife as they suffered most with loss of life, severe stress, and destroyed habitat.

In the coming months many will weigh in on solutions to prevent future conflagrations in this area with a focus on resource management. A patient approach is needed, and the expected knee jerk reactions that ignore environmental protections from some who have the loudest voices in Washington should be avoided. Thinning of the forests will be a viable solution that can be agreed upon by all who wish to protect this watershed, but it also poses many difficult questions including how to manage the most difficult areas of the region. We must all remember that the catalyst for the rapidly spreading blaze was the inaccessible terrain of the Tuolumne River Canyon called Rim of the World and Jawbone Ridge. Further, many thinning projects that may have avoided some of the dangerous spread had already been approved but were thwarted by Congress’s lack of budget appropriations for 2013. Wildfire cycles are difficult to predict, and we are dealing with an area that will continue to be problematic. The scope of the forest service and national park changes with updated fire management plans, and we should avoid letting emotions interfere with these agencies’ intended goals to enact policies that offer solutions attempting to maintain a balance of what is good for for the environment as well as all stakeholders in these delicate ecosystems.

Courtesy of http://instagram.com/yexplore 

All photos taken on an iPhone 5

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 5 with an 8 megapixel camera, and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

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