Melting winter snow transforms into roaring waterfalls in Yosemite National Park -- waterfalls that attract visitors from across the globe. However, many tourists are unaware of Yosemite's twin valley, Hetch Hetchy.
John Muir referred to Hetch Hetchy as a "wonderfully exact counterpart" to Yosemite Valley, and The Yosemite Twin Valleys Waterfall Workshops, which will be held May 3-6, will offer unique opportunities for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts to compare and contrast natural and geological features of both Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy landscapes through their own interpretive expressions. Activities will include photography field sessions and a two-day plein air painting workshop. Other highlights include interpretive natural history hikes and birding walks throughout the "Twin Valleys" of Yosemite National Park.
James McGrew returns as the leader of the annual four day event, and he will be joined by several local Yosemite professional photography guides and naturalists. McGrew and David Lukas will each lead an interpretive hike to kickoff the celebration on May 3 that will serve as an introduction to the landscape and its rich history.
A two-day combined plein air painting and naturalist workshop, conducted by McGrew, will begin May 4 and will span both valleys. Alternately, several options of morning and evening light photo field sessions will be available on all four days from a faculty of well known Yosemite photographers.
Central to all programs will be a focus on the spectacular waterfalls during their peak season. National Geographic photographer, Phil Schermeister, will be directing his popular Waterfalls class from Yosemite Valley. Robb Hirsch will share elements of composition with aspiring photographers in Hetch Hetchy while Yosemite veterans Al Golub, Gabriel Mange, and Joshua Cripps will guide daily photo sessions from various "insider" shooting locations. Lukas will lend his expert knowledge of birds and Sierra ecology with all who wish to discover the natural world of Yosemite.
YExplore will offer three full paid scholarships for these workshops to students who are eager to improve their photography skills in this exciting environment. Details for application are available at www.yosemitetwinvalleys.com.
In continuing support of the arts in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, a portion of the proceeds for these workshops will benefit both the Mariposa County Arts Council and the Central Sierra Arts Council.