Tunnel View - Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite. Just its name conjures up visions of large granite rock formations, amazing waterfalls and the the famous men like John Muir and Ansel Adams who made it a nationally recognized national treasure. It is my favorite national park in the US. It had been seven long years since I set foot in the valley and I don't want to wait that long again until I return. Yosemite Valley, pictured here, is where the majority of visitors to the park spend their time with the high concentration of granite rock formations that can be seen. Formations like El Capitan, Half Dome and Sentinel Dome are visible from most of the valley. Waterfalls like Yosemite Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are also popular sights. The one place where you can see most of these formations is from Tunnel View and is one of the first scenes that visitors driving through the park's western entrance see. This view was made famous by Ansel Adams'  black and white photos, making it an iconic photographic spot. On all of my previous visits, I had not got a decent shot of it and I was determined to get one on my visit there. By the last day, I thought I was going to be shut out again but was able to capture it on my last evening there.