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Yosemite and Dana Plateau

Yosemite National Park and Dana Plateau Photographs July 29, 2017

It seems that the GOP (Grand Old Pederast) party had a bad night this week. Now that this latest outrage is sort of passed, time to go back to the world of beauty. The Dana Plateau sits on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, a high mesa, the top of which somehow  escaped glaciation. A moderately stressful hike to get up there on the trail; Bob Hare and I took the scenic route (no trail) but saw (while still below the Plateau) some remarkably wonderful areas.

All that is missing from the Dana Plateau itself are remnant populations of Pleistocene megafauna seemingly appropriate for this Lost World. Choosing which of my photos to include here a difficult choice.

The route up; Dana Plateau on the left. Follow the obvious arroyo route to the mesa either in the arroyo itself or on the adjacent trail if it is not snowbound.

Flower meadow below Dana Plateau

First view after the climb up

The flat rocks tundra, scoured not by ice but by time and wind

At the edge

Climbing area “Third Pillar of Dana”


The author at the edge; Bob at a farther edge

More edge

Bob at the edge

Alpine flower bouquet

Another alpine flower bouquet–there were many of these


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Yosemite and Mono Pass

Yosemite National Park and Mono Pass Photographs July 27, 2017

The Mono Pass trailhead is located within Yosemite National Park a few miles south of the Tioga Pass entrance. Pristine and wonderful. Unlike some other places.

There are now millions of climate change refugees worldwide, including thousands in the United States who have lost everything to floods, hurricanes or firestorms. Climate experts have indicated that such disasters are more likely than not to continue.

This is one in a series showing places around Yosemite National Park that have, so far, escaped catastrophic events. Consider them as baseline documentation before inevitable future changes. Photos were taken summer 2017 on hiking/photography expedition with naturalist Bob Hare.

Photo copyright 2017 David L. Witt

Heading southeast and up towards top of Mono Pass


Lake at top of Mono Pass


East South East and down from Mono Pass into Bloody Canyon


Mono Lake in the distance


Looking up to Snow fields in Bloody Canyon–zig-zagged through the rocks to get around them


Lake in Bloody Canyon, named “Red Lake” by John Muir


Crimson Columbine/Aquilegia formosa  and Potentilla species in Bloody Canyon


Globe Penstemon/Penstemon globosus in Bloody Canyon


Glacial Tarn in Bloody Canyon










  Mountain Heather/Phyllodoce breweri


View down to Mono Lake











Upper Bloody Canyon










Upper Bloody Canyon


Bob documenting old cabins just west of Mono Pass



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