Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park offers an array of beauty. But entering from the east, the Tioga Road leads the traveler through the highlands and away from the crowds of the busy valley. Narrow trails along the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River lure the eyes toward the western skies at dusk. A confluence of streams forms a swirling eddy around pool-pocked granite rocks and Lembert Dome. A lyrical harmony of three cascades enriches the senses as the setting sun illuminates the sky with a fiery brilliance. Conifers form inky silhouettes against the violet-hued heavens. Tranquility settles in the meadow and lulls the travelers with its secrets.