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MISSING PERSON: Alan Chow
Alan was last seen at Hetch Hetchy entrance on February 17. If you have information that could help locate him OR if you were in the area of Hetch Hetchy between February 17–20, please call or text 888/653-0009
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MISSING PERSON: Alan Chow Alan was last seen at Hetch Hetchy entrance on February 17. If you have information that could help locate him OR if you were in the area of Hetch Hetchy between February 17–20, please call or text 888/653-0009

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With this week’s look #InsideYosemite, we want to introduce Ranger Erik Westerlund. Ranger Erik is not just one of our field interpreters, leading hundreds of ranger walks every year on topics ranging from trees to bees to the reason for the breeze, he is also a passionate and creative person who injects appreciation into every interaction he has. He leads a crew of volunteers all year long whom are never uncertain of his gratitude and respect for them, and he has a way of teaching and inspiring while also always making the listener feel like they asked exactly the right question, or brought up a vitally important concept. Erik provides other employees, volunteers, and park visitors alike with new inspiration on a daily basis, and we are so lucky to have him here. 
Thanks, Ranger Erik!
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With this week’s look #insideyosemite , we want to introduce Ranger Erik Westerlund. Ranger Erik is not just one of our field interpreters, leading hundreds of ranger walks every year on topics ranging from trees to bees to the reason for the breeze, he is also a passionate and creative person who injects appreciation into every interaction he has. He leads a crew of volunteers all year long whom are never uncertain of his gratitude and respect for them, and he has a way of teaching and inspiring while also always making the listener feel like they asked exactly the right question, or brought up a vitally important concept. Erik provides other employees, volunteers, and park visitors alike with new inspiration on a daily basis, and we are so lucky to have him here. Thanks, Ranger Erik!

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Chiura Obata was a Japanese fine artist who moved to America in as a young adult in 1903, originally planning on continuing on to Paris, but instead remaining in California as an illustrator and a designer. 
In 1927, Obata spent a summer creating art while traveling across Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. This represented Obata's first foray into creating art for western audiences, and he was soon renowned for his artwork in Japan as well as America.
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The experience he had with Yosemite stayed with Obata, through his harrowing experiences with institutionalized racism, being the victim through the years of continually denied citizenship, gun violence, and eventually, incarceration in internment camps during World War II. Despite this, he still managed to start art schools at both camps.
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In his later life, after racial tensions from the war had subsided and he was released from internment, Obata returned to a career as an art professor at UC Berkeley, where he eventually retired as a professor emeritus. He led art classes with the Sierra Club, and effectively brought Japanese art techniques and ideas to America. 
His paintings of Yosemite have moved countless people. His story may be even more influential, of his continued drive to create art, promote peace, and interpret the beauty of the world, even in times of great injustice.
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Learn more about Chiura Obata with our new 'Inside Our Collections' blog post:
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https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/curious-matters-chiura-obatas-art-and-the-influence-of-yosemite.htm
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Chiura Obata was a Japanese fine artist who moved to America in as a young adult in 1903, originally planning on continuing on to Paris, but instead remaining in California as an illustrator and a designer. In 1927, Obata spent a summer creating art while traveling across Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. This represented Obata's first foray into creating art for western audiences, and he was soon renowned for his artwork in Japan as well as America. . The experience he had with Yosemite stayed with Obata, through his harrowing experiences with institutionalized racism, being the victim through the years of continually denied citizenship, gun violence, and eventually, incarceration in internment camps during World War II. Despite this, he still managed to start art schools at both camps. . In his later life, after racial tensions from the war had subsided and he was released from internment, Obata returned to a career as an art professor at UC Berkeley, where he eventually retired as a professor emeritus. He led art classes with the Sierra Club, and effectively brought Japanese art techniques and ideas to America. His paintings of Yosemite have moved countless people. His story may be even more influential, of his continued drive to create art, promote peace, and interpret the beauty of the world, even in times of great injustice. . Learn more about Chiura Obata with our new 'Inside Our Collections' blog post: . https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/curious-matters-chiura-obatas-art-and-the-influence-of-yosemite.htm

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The ski touring in the high country has been beautiful this Valentine's Day week, and love was in the air as winter rangers began hearing the mating calls of mountain chickadees and brown creepers (possibly in part due to the warm temperatures.) For those who may want to adventure up to higher elevations in the park to get some skiing in, check out our winter rangers' most recent blog post to read about high country snow and avalanche conditions:
www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/update-for-february-14-2018.htm
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The ski touring in the high country has been beautiful this Valentine's Day week, and love was in the air as winter rangers began hearing the mating calls of mountain chickadees and brown creepers (possibly in part due to the warm temperatures.) For those who may want to adventure up to higher elevations in the park to get some skiing in, check out our winter rangers' most recent blog post to read about high country snow and avalanche conditions: www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/update-for-february-14-2018.htm

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We're excited to announce that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen on Friday, June 15, 2018, following a restoration project. With support from @yosemiteconservancy , we have improved natural hydrology and constructed an accessible boardwalk and welcome plaza, among many other changes to enhance the experience of park visitors.
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We're excited to announce that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen on Friday, June 15, 2018, following a restoration project. With support from @yosemiteconservancy , we have improved natural hydrology and constructed an accessible boardwalk and welcome plaza, among many other changes to enhance the experience of park visitors.

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Splashes of soft, golden light are welcome on these chilly days, illuminating pieces of the world that may not be appreciated otherwise, causing them to become radiant and impossible to overlook. It is as if the movement of sunlight over the land is persuading us to appreciate the minutia of our world.
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Splashes of soft, golden light are welcome on these chilly days, illuminating pieces of the world that may not be appreciated otherwise, causing them to become radiant and impossible to overlook. It is as if the movement of sunlight over the land is persuading us to appreciate the minutia of our world.

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The snow that came through Yosemite in mid-January brought beauty and stillness to every reach of the park, from ther highest elevations (that we get to see in our winter rangers' updates each week!) to the Hetch Hetchy Valley, one of the lowest elevation regions of the park. Hetch Hetchy Valley is a hidden jewel, lying in the north-western quadrant of the park, surrounded by wilderness and flanked by Poopenaut Valley and the ferocious Tuolumne River.
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The snow that came through Yosemite in mid-January brought beauty and stillness to every reach of the park, from ther highest elevations (that we get to see in our winter rangers' updates each week!) to the Hetch Hetchy Valley, one of the lowest elevation regions of the park. Hetch Hetchy Valley is a hidden jewel, lying in the north-western quadrant of the park, surrounded by wilderness and flanked by Poopenaut Valley and the ferocious Tuolumne River.

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Gold meadows, cold skies. Peaks powdered with snow overlook the evergreen of the valley. Dry flowers provide bedding and food to deer mice and ground squirrels.
The Sierra is magnificent from any perspective.
[Landscape photos taken Jan 29.]
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Gold meadows, cold skies. Peaks powdered with snow overlook the evergreen of the valley. Dry flowers provide bedding and food to deer mice and ground squirrels. The Sierra is magnificent from any perspective. [Landscape photos taken Jan 29.]

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*HORSETAIL FALL UPDATE*
Horsetail Fall remains dry, with little to no precipitation in the forecast. Beginning Monday, February 12, entering the viewing area on Northside Drive by car requires a permit (no permit is required for pedestrians). Find all the details at:
www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/horsetailfall.htm ,
or web search Yosemite Horsetail Falls and navigate to our park page on viewing the fall.
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*HORSETAIL FALL UPDATE* Horsetail Fall remains dry, with little to no precipitation in the forecast. Beginning Monday, February 12, entering the viewing area on Northside Drive by car requires a permit (no permit is required for pedestrians). Find all the details at: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/horsetailfall.htm , or web search "Yosemite Horsetail Falls" and navigate to our park page on viewing the fall.

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At dusk, when fog rolls into the Valley, all of the lights and noises of the age are muted. It is as though there is nothing but you and the granite, the encroaching darkness, and immersion in whatever force or journey brought you here to witness this stillness.
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At dusk, when fog rolls into the Valley, all of the lights and noises of the age are muted. It is as though there is nothing but you and the granite, the encroaching darkness, and immersion in whatever force or journey brought you here to witness this stillness.

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We're having another very dry year. The February 1 snow survey results are in, and the Merced River drainage snowpack is 16% of average and the Tuolumne River drainage is 25% of average. (This is similar to February 2014 and 2015.) Nevertheless, the winter rangers are reporting great skiing conditions around Tuolumne Meadows. Read more from their latest update: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tuolumne-winter-conditions-update-for-february-7-2018.htm
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We're having another very dry year. The February 1 snow survey results are in, and the Merced River drainage snowpack is 16% of average and the Tuolumne River drainage is 25% of average. (This is similar to February 2014 and 2015.) Nevertheless, the winter rangers are reporting great skiing conditions around Tuolumne Meadows. Read more from their latest update: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tuolumne-winter-conditions-update-for-february-7-2018.htm

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Hetch Hetchy came alive with clouds last month, and the day passed by in silent reverie with a spectacular sunset over the Tuolumne river and Poopenaut Valley. The trails of Hetch Hetchy bring us closer to understanding how we feel personally about being human, and how we chose to live on and interact with our wild and inspiring home.
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Hetch Hetchy came alive with clouds last month, and the day passed by in silent reverie with a spectacular sunset over the Tuolumne river and Poopenaut Valley. The trails of Hetch Hetchy bring us closer to understanding how we feel personally about being human, and how we chose to live on and interact with our wild and inspiring home.

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These days are crisp: The air is still cool as it leaves your lungs, waking you up and moving blood to the tips of your fingers and nose. Granite and gray, furrowed bark reflect heat back into the winter air, maintaining the chill of the deep valley.
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These days are crisp: The air is still cool as it leaves your lungs, waking you up and moving blood to the tips of your fingers and nose. Granite and gray, furrowed bark reflect heat back into the winter air, maintaining the chill of the deep valley.

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The stone cathedral stood veiled with vapor, obscuring the faces of striking cliffs that beckoned me to stand in awe. 
How did monoliths this dwarfing come to be? Why here? .
Discover the history of Yosemite granite!
Nature Notes video on granite: (web search Nature Notes granite if you can't copy the link) https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=CE3ADF13-1DD8-B71B-0B77F86729E2A7AB
Park info page on granite: (web search Yosemite National Park granite if you can't copy the link) https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/granite.htm
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(Photos from one of the rainy weeks that the park appreciated last month).
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The stone cathedral stood veiled with vapor, obscuring the faces of striking cliffs that beckoned me to stand in awe. How did monoliths this dwarfing come to be? Why here? . Discover the history of Yosemite granite! Nature Notes video on granite: (web search "Nature Notes granite" if you can't copy the link) https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=CE3ADF13-1DD8-B71B-0B77F86729E2A7AB Park info page on granite: (web search "Yosemite National Park granite" if you can't copy the link) https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/granite.htm . (Photos from one of the rainy weeks that the park appreciated last month).

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Be aware: Some bears are still active at lower elevations in the park!
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This beautiful cinnamon colored sow and her cubs have been spending their winter not far from the Hetch Hetchy entrance station. Another small, light brown bear has been seen hanging around Yosemite Valley this past week.
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Black bears do not always den in the winter: If there is food available year round, many bears will decide to skip their winter nap. (The exception to this is pregnant sows, which always den because they give birth during hibernation as a way to protect their newborn cubs during their first few weeks of life.) .
To help protect bears all year, store your food properly, drive carefully, and keep your distance!
Learn more at: KeepBearsWild.org
 #keepbearswild
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Be aware: Some bears are still active at lower elevations in the park! . This beautiful cinnamon colored sow and her cubs have been spending their winter not far from the Hetch Hetchy entrance station. Another small, light brown bear has been seen hanging around Yosemite Valley this past week. . Black bears do not always den in the winter: If there is food available year round, many bears will decide to skip their winter nap. (The exception to this is pregnant sows, which always den because they give birth during hibernation as a way to protect their newborn cubs during their first few weeks of life.) . To help protect bears all year, store your food properly, drive carefully, and keep your distance! Learn more at: KeepBearsWild.org #keepbearswild

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At the close of a journey to Yosemite, many feel they found much more than they came here looking for. There is no way to describe the feelings one connects with in the wild heart of the Sierra Nevada: No words poetic enough to do justice to the resolve that these sunsets place in the minds of millions, the dreams that are sparked here, the courses of life that are changed.
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What did you find?
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At the close of a journey to Yosemite, many feel they found much more than they came here looking for. There is no way to describe the feelings one connects with in the wild heart of the Sierra Nevada: No words poetic enough to do justice to the resolve that these sunsets place in the minds of millions, the dreams that are sparked here, the courses of life that are changed. . What did you find?

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Is it the moon itself we are in awe of, or the light of the sun, shrouding craters and illuminating expanses of smooth  igneous stone? Is it the shadow of the earth, creating soft curved lines and the occasional explosion of orange light? .
The supermoon rose in the east in Yosemite last night, and set just after a blood moon lunar eclipse in the west, as the first soft light of sunrise crept over the horizon.
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Is it the moon itself we are in awe of, or the light of the sun, shrouding craters and illuminating expanses of smooth igneous stone? Is it the shadow of the earth, creating soft curved lines and the occasional explosion of orange light? . The supermoon rose in the east in Yosemite last night, and set just after a blood moon lunar eclipse in the west, as the first soft light of sunrise crept over the horizon.

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While Tioga Road lies dormant under snow at this time of year, come spring it requires the hard work of Yosemite road crews to prepare the roadway for the busy summer season. This look #InsideYosemitehighlights Felipe Sanchez who not only enjoys his job working on Yosemite roads but also delights in helping Yosemite visitors. Last June, when Yosemite’s high country was still deep in snow, Felipe helped a lost hiker who had wandered up to his snowplow in Tuolumne Meadows. The hiker had been lost overnight in frigid temperatures, was without supplies, and had experienced some dangerous water crossings. After giving the hiker his coat and his lunch, Felipe helped get the hiker safely to Yosemite Valley. Three cheers for Felipe! #Yosemite #NationalPark #InsideYosemite
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While Tioga Road lies dormant under snow at this time of year, come spring it requires the hard work of Yosemite road crews to prepare the roadway for the busy summer season. This look #insideyosemitehighlights  Felipe Sanchez who not only enjoys his job working on Yosemite roads but also delights in helping Yosemite visitors. Last June, when Yosemite’s high country was still deep in snow, Felipe helped a lost hiker who had wandered up to his snowplow in Tuolumne Meadows. The hiker had been lost overnight in frigid temperatures, was without supplies, and had experienced some dangerous water crossings. After giving the hiker his coat and his lunch, Felipe helped get the hiker safely to Yosemite Valley. Three cheers for Felipe! #yosemite #nationalpark #InsideYosemite

While wet winter weather can help you appreciate being dry and warm, for those who venture out, there are sights and smells that invite you to appreciate nature in new ways. Perhaps an overlooked evergreen, the California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) can be found in abundance in Yosemite Valley. When there is moisture in the air, trails lined with this hardwood are so fragrant you may just want to stay and forget about being dry and warm for a while. What about Yosemite makes you think being warm and dry is overrated?
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While wet winter weather can help you appreciate being dry and warm, for those who venture out, there are sights and smells that invite you to appreciate nature in new ways. Perhaps an overlooked evergreen, the California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) can be found in abundance in Yosemite Valley. When there is moisture in the air, trails lined with this hardwood are so fragrant you may just want to stay and forget about being dry and warm for a while. What about Yosemite makes you think being warm and dry is overrated?

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Time changes things, but some things take more time to change than others. Landscapes tell us stories about time. For example, Bridalveil fall tells the story of glaciers and granite, and glaciers and granite tell us the stories of time. Maybe you have spent time in Yosemite and created your own story. How has time helped you tell your story about Yosemite?
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Time changes things, but some things take more time to change than others. Landscapes tell us stories about time. For example, Bridalveil fall tells the story of glaciers and granite, and glaciers and granite tell us the stories of time. Maybe you have spent time in Yosemite and created your own story. How has time helped you tell your story about Yosemite?

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