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The weather in England is back to normal and so I am back to my photo archives.

During my visit to Yosemite National Park I slept in a tent on various campgrounds. I remember when I arrived in Yosemite Valley Campground, I asked the ranger at the entrance a question: “Is it true that bears are breaking into cars so often here?” I hoped it was just a myth. The ranger answered: “Yes last night we had seven break ins.” That didn’t calm me down, ha, ha. The campground provided special cupboards made of strong metal and with complicated lock, which was to difficult for bears to open. All items which had a smell, not only food but also a toothpaste, etc. needed to be deposited there for the night. Leaving them in the car meant the bear could smell it and it could easily “take off” the roof of the car to reach it. I have heard a story of a lady who washed her face with a cosmetic having a nice smell before going to sleep. A bear smashed her face reaching into the tent, looking for the food. I could not fall asleep. In the middle of the night I heard some loud distant screams shouting: “Get away from here!”. Later on, I finally heard a noise made by a bear. It came to our campground spot. I watched it through the little window in the tent. Huge dark shade went straight to the metal cupboard. It tried to open it but without the luck. It was not interested in our tent or car. It went on to the next spots… After it left, I could finally sleep, although I got a bit nervous at the breakfast again…

In this photo you see two major cascades of the Yosemite Falls. The falls drop a total of 739 m from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6335 W: 105 N: 16665] (64908)
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