For as long as I’ve been into beautiful places and mountains – long before I ever really did much photography – Yosemite National Park in California has possibly been the most captivating of any US travel destination for me. Sadly, I’ve never been there, but I think it’s one of the places I most enjoy looking at photography from, and these photos from Louisiana photographer Michael Lawrence Mantese definitely don’t disappoint. These photos, and the rest found on his Flickr page, evoke such a great mood, and it’s definitely worth your time to go through each of his photos for the stories that go along with many of the photos.

View more of his photos on his website, and on Flickr.