Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of America’s most beloved parks with three to four million visitors flocking there every year. It’s considered one of the top parks in the country, and it’s home to two of the world’s most famous trails, the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Two filmmakers, Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, hiked more than 200 miles to capture footage inside the park and the results are absolutely stunning. Their finished product is a time-lapse video called Project Yosemite.
The idea for the project came to the two filmmakers during their first overnight trip to Half Dome. Delehanty and Neill explain their inspiration:
Being on Half Dome that night felt like being on another planet, a smooth granite surface under our feet and endless space spinning overhead. The morning’s sunrise felt like the first proper sunrise we’d ever witnessed. We decided to team up and document the experience together for others to see.
Yosemite National Park (/joʊˈsɛmɨti/ yoh-sem-it-ee) is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne,Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of the U.S. state of California, commonly referred to as Northern California. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,687 ha; 3,026.87 km2)and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year:most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs,waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea. First, Galen Clark and others lobbied to protect Yosemite Valley from development, ultimately leading to President Abraham Lincoln‘s signing the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Later, John Muir led a successful movement to establish a larger national park encompassing not just the valley, but surrounding mountains and forests as well—paving the way for the United States national park system.