LAPC #228: Diagonals in Nature

I am back this week to share some more hiking trails as part of the 52-week hiking challenge. I think it is a perfect fit for Patti’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge #228 – Diagonals. While out and about, I love taking photos of nature and using its diagonal lines to lead the viewer into the distance. Trails, while usually man-made, also provide excellent diagonal (or somewhat-diagonal) lines leading down the path and into the landscape. I think it creates a sense of being immersed in the nature.

Vernal Falls via John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, California, is a very difficult trail. It seemed easier as a kid, but not so much now. It is paved, but steep, with sheer drop-offs in places. Nevertheless, it is truly worth hiking up this mountain to see the views of Yosemite Falls across the valley, Glacier Peak, and Vernal Falls. These were taken during hiking challenge week #16. It was about three miles from Curry Village to the footbridge at bottom of Vernal Falls and then back to the shuttle at bottom of trailhead.

Trail to Vernal Falls footbridge in Yosemite National Park, California.

Diagonal lines of trees and cliffs lead view to a trickle of Vernal Falls at end of the warm season.

Diagonal lines of trees surrounding Vernal Falls trail create feeling of leaning towards edge of cliff during descent.

Diagonal lines on cliffs lead eye up towards very high peaks (Glacier Peak in distance on right).

Yosemite National Park has a lot of natural diagonal lines and is a serene place to visit. Further south in California, when I am not on epic adventures, I still look for natural lines and the beauty in nature. This might mean a man-made trail in nature, but it’s still peaceful. Here are a couple other trails I recently hiked.

Diagonal path traverses natural surroundings at Shady Canyon Trail, Irvine, California (week 20 of hiking challenge).

Diagonal sun rays lead view towards horizon, further along the trail at Bommer Canyon Trail, Irvine, California (week 22 of hiking challenge).

Whether natural or man-made, there are plenty of diagonal lines in nature. My favorites are ones that lead me and my imagination out into the distance.

Hope everyone is having a peaceful week!

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

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