Join us for the unique opportunity to explore, compare, and contrast the magnificence of two Yosemite Valleys including Hetch Hetchy, the hidden treasure of Yosemite National Park. Over time, the Yosemite Valley has developed into a Mecca for painters and landscape photographers worldwide. However, it is the lesser known and least visited Hetch Hetchy Valley, dammed in 1923, that also awards its visitors with fresh artistic opportunities. Roaring waterfalls, granite cliffs, lupine, wildlife and beautiful California Black Oaks are all present above the waterline, and along the valley’s still unspoiled edges, and provide ample opportunities for interpretive expression.
The week's events will commence with an introductory hike in Yosemite Valley led by two renowned naturalists, David Lukas and the group's leader, James McGrew. A week of discovery will follow with instructional photography tours guided by McGrew along with acclaimed photographers Walter Flint, Phil Schermeister, Robb Hirsch, and Joshua Cripps. James and David will guide naturalist excursions including birding tours that transect both regions. Complimentary evening slide show programs will be available throughout the week.