1. The web is saturated, dare I say over-saturated, with images of Yosemite. Am I a good enough photographer that I will be able to make my images stand out, or will I just start to blend in with everyone else? I think my biggest success came from the one winter I spent in the Tetons. I was producing images of amazing moments that no one else was even around to capture and I think that's what made me stand out. I am fearful that Yosemite will actually damage my photography career.
2. Yosemite is the 4th most visited National Park and most of its grand vistas are packed into an area that is full of heavy traffic (or they are hours away from me). I am worried that it will be difficult to find the solitude my soul craves with the views. The thing I loved most about Grand Teton is that you could be anywhere in the park and the view would be just as good. It was very easy for me to find a space to be alone and admire the mountains. I am scared I won't find that at Yosemite. I am sure there are spots, but I am not sure that I will find them with ease. It may be months until I have that part nailed down.
3. In Grand Teton I always had a security net of friends, always willing to hang out at a moments notice. I am moving into Yosemite not knowing a single soul. I always had Sundays off for church previously, making it easy for me to bond with the park's ACMNP team. This year, I will have Wednesdays and Thursdays off, making it harder to connect with that Christian community I long for. I am worried I will be among crowds of people all the time, but yet incredibly lonely.
Like I said, I am sure all be fine once I get there and I will look back at this blog and laugh. But right now, as I pace around my empty room, these are the fears that fill my head. But I suppose if these are my main worries in life, than I have got it pretty good.