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Check out the most breathtaking travel photos of the year in Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake and Madera County

Bass Lake Summer - Madera County, California Photo by Kim Lawson
Visit Yosemite Madera County reflects on the year as it comes to an end by selecting 15 of the most memorable photos taken in 2016 in Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake and Madera County.  With a record high number of visitors walking in their doors this year, photos were a huge drive that assisted visitors deciding to visit Madera County.

Kim Lawson, Creative Director of Visit Yosemite Madera County said, “Our area is very diverse and there are many places and things to explore. Each mission I go on I discover something new and exciting. Having the opportunity to capture images of my discoveries and share them with our audience is highly rewarding. I would say this is why I love shooting photos for Madera County. I get to explore and share those experiences with many through my photography.”

There are images all the way from horses in a spring meadow in the rich agriculture center of the San Joaquin Valley to the thundering falls of Yosemite National Park in the high sierra.  Each photo has its own story caption that brings to life the photo.

Therese Williams, Director of Public Relations and Sales said, “The image of our destination is an important factor in determining our destinations popularity with visitors and it is therefore crucial to capture great photos that tell our story which Kim Lawson does beautifully.”


There is nothing quite like seeing incredible landscapes from the sky. Growing up around the area I had the opportunity to explore Yosemite in many ways, but looking down on the impressive landscape from a bird’s eye view made me feel like I was meeting Yosemite for the first time again.

Bird of Prey-Madera

Driving through the rolling hills into the San Joaquin Valley you are almost guaranteed to spot a magnificent bird, but spotting young birds peeking out of a nest is a treasure. The parents were a little upset as I approached cautiously switching my lenses and hoping I would get a few shots in before the youngsters dipped their heads back into the nest. I was rewarded with this action shot as a protective parent swooped into the frame.

High Sierra-Camping

When this photo unfolded before me I was dashing to grab my camera before my unsuspecting models moved. The couple in the foreground are relaxing to a book, in the distance if you look carefully you will see their friends fly fishing on the opposite shore. This photo embodied the high alpine lake adventure with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides called Ales and Trails. Be sure to look that up and join them if you can!


The moment the cables come into view at Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome hike. Taken on an expedition with YExplore to summit Half Dome.



Behind the scenes at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Don’t be fooled when it appears all is calm at the railroad. Engineers and mechanics are often in the background keeping these historic steam trains up to “date”!


I spotted this doe as I approached from the road near Half Dome village. Waiting as she slowly made her way grazing around the tree, she finally paused in the sunlight to look around setting up this glowing fall shot.

For more information on adventures in Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake and Madera County visit www.yosemitethisyear.com or call+1 559.683.4636.

About Visit Yosemite Madera County

The Southern Yosemite Visitors Bureau was formed in 1985. It has been operating at The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau for 30 years.  The Bureau was established by a group from the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce with a vision of the growing potential for drawing the millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park to the many businesses and attractions in Madera County.

Recently the visitor’s bureau changed its name to Visit Yosemite | Madera County to more accurately reflect its mission to promote all there is to see and do in Yosemite and Madera County.


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