Yosemite National Park attracts many species of wildlife to its beautiful valley, with the most popular migratory creatures being the American and international tourist. 4.1 million of these colorful and energetic characters visit annually. On our recent trip, I was fascinated by all of the different varieties. The most common was the gray topped, north atlantic snowbird. They were stopping in the valley on their annual route from New Jersey to California. The snowbird is an easy subject to photograph because of their slow moving gait and gracious personalities. However, be sure to photograph them early in the day. They return to their dwellings by 4:30pm for their evening buffet.
Another popular variety was the Korean black haired princess. These fair skinned beauties could be seen daily at the waterfalls and hiking trails, hiding under the sun with fluorescent umbrellas and pastel polo shirts. Quite a show! The males of this species were equally entertaining. When encountering a female, they would pimp and preen their delicately spiked hairstyles and take ‘selfies’ in hopes of gaining admiration from a suitable mate.
Sad to say, the days of the Ansel Adams serene and majestic landscapes have passed for this gem of a national park. However, if you plan on visiting to watch the wildlife, you’re in for a treat. There’s no shortage of interesting creatures to see while you’re there!
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