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Yosemite Val­ley af­ter the first snow is a dif­fer­ent place than dur­ing the hec­tic sum­mer months: the pace slows, the air grows still. This week, a coy­ote vis­ited a meadow in search of small prey. Mas­sachusetts na­tive Jas­mine Scalli was mak­ing her first visit to Yosemite. She grew up on the East Coast and is now liv­ing in San Diego, so her time in the snow al­lowed a chance to “get a lit­tle bit of feel of that win­ter.” Plus, she noted that the trees re­minded her of her time in col­lege in New Hamp­shire. “This is a lit­tle home away from home.”

PHO­TOS BY JOHN WALKER [email protected]­nobee.com

In a full win­ter coat, a coy­ote hunts for mice and birds in a snowy Yosemite Val­ley meadow this week.

Mas­sachusetts na­tive Jas­mine Scalli, right, now of San Diego, with friends Marie Foltier, left, and Anne Pervier, cen­ter, both of France, all on their first visit to Yosemite, have fun build­ing a snow­man in front of the chapel in Yosemite Val­ley on Tues­day.

The Merced River flows through Yosemite Val­ley past El Cap­i­tan, left, and Bridal Veil Falls, right cen­ter, on Tues­day.

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