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Up and away to Lake Tenaya, — another big day, enough for a lifetime. The rocks, the air, everything speaking with audible voice or silent; joyful, wonderful, enchanting; banishing weariness and sense of time.

Last month, we used that line from John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra (1869) to ask our Instagram followers what their Sierra summer looks like. We received dozens of images showcasing the season in Yosemite, from snapshots of hikes on classic trails to starlit views of the high country. Thank you to everyone who shared a photo!

With autumn officially underway as of today, we’re bidding a fond farewell to summer by sharing a few highlights from the #MySierraSummer submissions. Scroll down to check out the photos, and click on the images to view the original posts on Instagram.


Yosemite Falls and the Merced River

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Lower Cathedral Lake

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Classic Sierra: Twisted tree and granite

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Mammoth Peak and Kuna Crest at sunrise

View from the John Muir Trail

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Keeping cool in Tuolumne

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Half Dome from Glacier Point

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Nevada Fall, Vernal Fall and the Merced River

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Star showers in the eastern Sierra

Descending Sentinel Dome

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Thanks for taking a look, and thanks again to everyone who shared #MySierraSummer shots with us! To see more Yosemite photos and share your own, join us on Instagram and Flickr.

Top photo: NPS