Yosemite Val­ley after the first snow: tran­quil yet wild

The Modesto Bee - - Front Page - Fresno Bee Staff

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 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.” The trees re­minded her of col­lege in New Hamp­shire.

JOHN WALKER [email protected]­nobee.com

In a full win­ter coat, a coy­ote hunts for mice and birds in a snowy Yosemite Val­ley meadow on Tues­day in Yosemite Na­tional Park.

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Tourists care­fully walk on ice as they ap­proach the Lower Yosemite Falls on Tues­day.

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Jas­mine Scalli, right, with friends Marie Foltier, left, and Anne Pervier, cen­ter, both of France, had fun on their first visit to Yosemite.

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Half Dome and sur­round­ing peaks that loom over Yosemite Val­ley are shrouded in snow.

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