Photographer's Note

The famous historical naturalist John Burroughs formed a friendship with John Muir the main advocate for the creation of Yosemite as a National Park. In 1909 after exploring Arizona's Painted Desert and Grand Canyon they came to Yosemite Valley together. Burroughs wrote about the short 4 day visit that "he stopped often in reverent amazement at those awesome cliffs, their faces scarred and niched, streaked with color, or glistening with moisture, and animated with waterfalls, rising upon either hand, thousands of feet, not architectural, or like something builded, but like the sides and four corners of the globe itself. What an impression of mass and of power and of grandeur in repose filters into you as you walk along!"

In this view, Sentinel Rock rises 8,122 feet from the Yosemite Valley floor, towering over the oak trees.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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