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Little did anyone expect that only months after 20-year-old Sheldon Neill and 25-year-old Colin Delehanty first met on that our perception of Yosemite National Park would never be the same again. That's because the pair of budding California photographers recently completed Yosemite HD – an almost four-minute-long video of stunning time-lapse photography shot throughout Yosemite's 1,200 square miles of breathtaking scenery.

The project started as a personal foray into the world of time-lapse photography, beginning on the famed angles of Half Dome. "We thought it would take a weekend or maybe 5 days," remarks Neill. "But we realized the footage was amazing. So what was supposed to be a weekend, turned into multiple trips totaling 19 days of shooting in Yosemite and three-and-a-half months of work."


Neither the steep nor the super tall can stop Yosemite lovers from getting to where they want to go. Just ask Mark Wellman. In 1982, Mark became paralyzed from the waist down. Not to be slowed he became a Park Naturalist and Accessibility Coordinator for NPS in Yosemite. But for Mark that was just a start. Since then he's been a living embodiment of the "No Limits" attitude, conquering first-time achievements for paraplegics in Yosemite – one right after the other.

He was the first paraplegic to climb the 3,000-foot face of El Capitan in 1989. In 1991, Mark climbed a steep route on Half Dome's iconic face. Also an avid skier, he became the first person to sit-ski across the Sierra Nevada mountain range with only the use of his arms in 1993.

Mark's love for Yosemite stems from the amazing landscape itself, but also because he says the park is incredibly accessible for wheelchair users. Mark will be back in the park this May for the 6th annual Rock 'n Roll Yosemite leisure program for adults with disabilities.
"One of the great things about photography, is that it forces you to look," says Michael Frye, an employee of The Ansel Adams Gallery since 1985 and Photography Workshop guide since 2001. "Everyday we walk around thinking about our jobs or relationships, not paying attention to what's really around us."

Well said. We're all guilty of excessive daydreaming and inward thinking, rather than outward observation. While that behavior may not be such a crime in day-to-day city life, you certainly don't want to make that mistake while vacationing in Yosemite National Park. It's simply too beautiful to ignore. Maybe a connection with photography would hone your vision. "Photography opens your eyes to beauty, and Yosemite does that for you too," suggests Frye.
Get to know a good ol' friend even better. Get closer with a place you love. And become an expert on the country's most stunning landscape. You can do all these things and more with one package, one experience. Introducing the Yosemite Insider Experience.

This tremendous package gives you the opportunity to spend a day and a half with an official Yosemite Conservancy Naturalist. Together you'll examine Yosemite from a totally new perspective, appreciating not just the majestic cliffs and scenic waterfalls, but also the stories behind them. You'll get answers to how Yosemite was formed. You'll become familiar with the rivers, wildlife and ecology. And you'll delight in tales of the colorful characters who helped shape the national park as we know it.
Ask any Yosemite veteran, and they'll tell you there's a lot more to this place than just nature. It's also a very social environment and a fun place to meet new people and make friends from every corner of the globe. Drop in at to join the fun! Not only is being a friend of Yosemite the perfect way to learn of current park events, it's also a great way to win prizes from contests posted on the Yosemite Facebook page.
Jesus Angel Dolores, a University of California Merced student and participant in the Yosemite Leadership Program, shared this insight from his summer internship experience, "Yosemite helped me experience a whole new world I was not aware of - Yosemite allowed me to reflect, write in a journal, and helped me experience who I really am."
Whether you wish to sleep under the stars or in a hotel fancy enough for Hollywood stars, you'll find a convenient Yosemite package that stakes a claim in your vacation plans. Right here.

Curry Hiker's Package
Unheated tent cabin, breakfast for two people, backpack with water bottle, area hiking map, and Yosemite book starting at $135* midweek
Housekeeping Camp Package
starting at $59* midweek
The Ahwahnee Bed & Breakfast Package
starting at $558* for Classic Rooms midweek
Wawona Bed & Breakfast Package
starting at $99* for Rooms with a Shared Bath midweek
Yosemite Insider Experience Package
The ultimate Yosemite insider experience: a day and a half with a Yosemite Conservancy Naturalist Guide. Just $108* per person plus lodging.
*Packages and rates do not include room tax. Special rates apply to new reservations only. Advance reservations are required.
Prices are subject to availability. No refunds for early checkout or unused portions of packages.
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