Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument also serves as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve protecting a diverse amount of plants and animals not limited to the Organ Pipe Cactus. This park is the only location in the United States where the Organ Pipe Cactus grows. Declared as a National Monument in 1937, it has now expanded to 517 square miles in size. Not only does the Monument protect cacti, it protects the extremely rare and endangered Quitobaquito pupfish.
To access the park, you must pass through US Border Patrol as it is located on the border of the US and Mexico.
Half Dome was originally called "Tis-sa-ack", meaning Cleft Rock in the language of the local Ahwahnechee people. Tis-sa-ack is the name of a mother from a native legend. The face seen in Half Dome is supposed to be hers. Tis-sa-ack is the name of a Mono Lake Paiute Indian girl in the Yosemite Native American legend. John Muir referred to the peak as "Tissiack".⠀
Others say Ahwahneechee Native Americans named Half Dome “Face of a Young Woman Stained with Tears” ("Tis-se’-yak") because of the colonies of brown-black lichens that form dark vertical drip-like stripes along drainage tracks in the rock faces.⠀[wikipedia]
📍: Yosemite National Park⠀
📅 : May 2018⠀
📷: Olympus OMD EM1mII⠀
🔍: Olympus 70-300mm ⠀
🎞: ISO 200 / f/8 / 1/60sec ⠀