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Another week gone by!  January is simply flying; before I know it, it’ll be summertime again.

This week on Instagram, I focused a bit on some Yosemite pictures from last year.  It’s wintertime again, and this season reminds me so much of that trip.  Exciting news: we’ve booked flights to Bryce/Zion!  Look forward to pictures from that trip after February.  I sure hope there’s snow!

This first picture was my submission for Leanne Cole’s weekly Monochrome Madness challenge with the theme of “holidays.”  This photo was actually taken at a Lindsey Stirling concert, and these were lights on the curtained wall.  So festive!

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And now for some Yosemite!  This was on our way back to our in-park cabin, looking away from the heart of the park.  There was so much mist there – every day.  I was in heaven.

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This, by contrast, was a detailed shot of frozen pine needles.  There were certainly plenty of those in Yosemite.

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This one was clearly not from Yosemite; it’s an image from my post this week on returning back to civilization following five days backpacking the Alaskan backwoods.  You can read all about that here.

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And we’re back to Yosemite!

This was near the swamp.  These little tufts of reeds were so cute topped with snow.  And I couldn’t complain about those reflections.

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I had a really hard time choosing my favorite out of these last two photos.  This one was simply magical – again with the mist!  Every day this valley filled with eerie mist.  I got so many pictures of Bridalveil Falls.  This one was from the famous Tunnel View.

This was also a picture from my response to this week’s photo challenge, “growth,” where I discuss five things that really improved my photography over the past year.  You can read that post here.

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And this last one is Yosemite Falls.  Believe it or not, this was taken at dusk, just as the final light was fading from the sky.  A long exposure makes it look like broad daylight, but you’ll notice the absence of harsh shadows and the telltale rainbow that frequently adorns this famous fall.  I took many pictures of this one, too.

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Stay tuned for another week on Instagram, and I’d love to hear your comments below!

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