Cholock, why do you rush?

Yosemite Falls with Half Dome

A Youthful Poem By John P. DeGrazio  Witnessing the thunderous crashing of waterfalls in every corner of Yosemite Valley is a rite of spring that excites countless travelers from around the globe. Observing the growth and decline of Cholock (the Native American name for Yosemite Falls) each year always leaves visitors yearning for more when this ephemeral waterfall […]

Tokoyee’s Regret


Yosemite Mountains Separated by Centuries  By John P. DeGrazio  Have you ever felt the pain of reaching for something so close to you, yet it remained just out of touch? A few years ago, I wrote a poem called “Tokoyee’s Regret”. Citing the legend of Tissiack, I wrote it from the perspective of her husband, Tokoyee after they […]

Climb a Little Higher: Wednesday Wanderings in Yosemite


Yosemite Backpacking Adventures 4.16.14 By John P. DeGrazio  We recently returned from an early season Yosemite Backpack Trip for three days along the North Rim of  Yosemite Valley with warm April temperatures, cool nights, and snow covered trails. Spending time in wilderness allows a person to give their body and mind a respite from the monotony of […]

Wednesday Wanderings: Mt. Whitney


The Blue Sky By John P. DeGrazio When I awaken to a pale blue sky, I am ready for the light that follows I am often reminded of halcyon days in the mountains The color blue is a symbol of enduring strength And the memories are as strong as those with whom they are made. […]

Ephemeral Waterfalls in Yosemite

Yosemite Falls in Spring by John P. DeGrazio

The waterfalls of Yosemite are still booming, but we must deal with the sad reality that we had a less than average snowpack year this past winter. subsequently, the volume is waning as the snow continues to melt. I took this photo recently and thought of a poem I wrote almost 3 years ago and […]

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