"...far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature."

John Muir

Come join Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers as we sketch the majesty of Yosemite.

No hiking boots needed for this online adventure!

The famous Yosemite Valley … includes the head waters of the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, two of the most songful streams in the world; innumerable lakes and waterfalls and smooth silky lawns; the noblest forests, the loftiest granite domes, the deepest ice-sculptured canons, the brightest crystalline pavements, and snowy mountains soaring into the sky twelve and thirteen thousand feet.” John Muir

Yosemite became the first wild land space in the nation protected for all-time 150 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, protecting the Valley and Mariposa grove. Later, in 1890, it became a national park. Over the last 150 years the park has played host to millions of visitors each year.

The National Park includes nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous scenery, including high cliffs, deep valleys, tall waterfalls, ancient giant sequoias, and a large wilderness. The park’s diverse landscape supports more than 400 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Did you know one of the few places in the U.S. where you can see a rainbow at night is Yosemite? The park is world-famous for its waterfalls and the rainbows that can appear in them. But very few people know about the park’s lunar rainbows or moonbows. In the spring and early summer if the sky is clear and the moon is full, it can produce enough light to create a rainbow from a waterfall’s mist. It’s pure magic.

[Video] Exploring the Wonder of Yosmite
History of the Yosemite area

Beauty of Yosemite
Best Photography Sites
Yosemite Photography: Epic Vistas
Walk My World Photography
Spectacular Photography Spots
Yosemite for Travelling Architects
Yosemite Night View
13 Top Attractions

Yosemite Trees
Yosemite Animals
Flora of Yosemite
Hetch Hetchy Wildflowers

Sacred Texts of Yosemite Mythology
Miwok Creation Legend

All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

Yosemite Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
(a) Yosemite Chapel or other building
(b) flower /flora of Yosemite
(c) Yosemite at nightfall
(d) animals native to Yosemite

*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for August 28, 2021

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