Each year in early November, this sixth-grade class goes to Yosemite National Park. These trips are conducted through the Yosemite Institute. Typically, we stayed at Camp Curry in Yosemite Valley from about Monday through Friday. In the earlier years, we moved to Camp Wawona for Thursday and Friday. In 2008 after a rockfall, we didn't use Camp Curry and split the lodging between Camp Wawona and Cedar Lodge. In 2009 through 2011 we were back at Curry in the Boys Town cabins or tent cabins.
This site contains a photo essay from each year starting in 1999. We expect to add a year each November for a long time to come. Most years contain a Web version (html) and an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the photographs. There is commonly a "scrapbook" of the photos and the individual images are available one-at-a-time.
--Most photographs by Michael Diggles, USGS.
June 2012 Festival of Nations
Most of the pre-2005 and later photographs were taken with a Nikon F4 with a 35-135/f3.5-4.5 AF Nikkor zoom lens and Kodak Supra 400 professional photojournalism color-negative film. Starting in 2002, I shot a few photos (mostly when it was raining) with a Canon Elph S-300 digital camera that takes 2.1-megapixel images. In 2003, I used Ektachrome 200 slide film pushed to 400 for in the Nikon F4. In 2004, I used Ektachrome 100 and a tripod plus I shot a lot with the Elph and a lot of other adults contributed photos for this collection. Starting in 2005, I shot all digital with a Nikon D-100 and a 28-200 Nikkor zoom with a handful using an 11 and a 500. Starting in 2010, I shot some with an iPhone; many shots were taken by students and other adults.
All photographs copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Michael Diggles or their respective photographers. You are welcome to use this site and its contents for your personal, non-commercial use. This amounts to viewing the site, downloading, and printing of individual images, pages, or sections for personal use.
Created by: Michael Diggles, Geologist