The mostly tranquil waters of Tenaya Lake, 8,150 feet up in Yosemite's high country. Unusually, I was the only person around. Alone with the lapping of the lake waters up against the shore, and the occasional sound of the wind through the trees.
"Tenaya Lake is named after Chief Tenaya, who met the Mariposa
Brigade near the shores of the lake. Tenaya protested that the lake
already had a name: Pie-we-ack, or "Lake of the Shining
Rocks." This original name is now attached to a granite dome to
the east of the lake.
As part of the 1864 Yosemite grant, the area became the first park land to be federally protected for preservation and public use. Yosemite became a national park in 1916 with the advent of the National Park Service.
In 1868, John Muir wrote about the Tenaya Lake's beauty and timelessness in My First Summer in the Sierra. Tenaya Lake was created by the Tenaya Glacier, which flowed out of the vast Tuolumne Ice Sheet and down to Yosemite Valley. This same glacier created Half Dome. The Tenaya Glacier was lightly loaded with debris, and did not leave a large amount of moraine material near Tenaya Lake. The lake is supplied by a network of creeks and springs including Murphy Creek to the northwest and Tenaya Creek. Tenaya Creek is an outflow of Cathedral Lakes and serves as both the principle inlet and outlet of Tenaya Lake. Tenaya Creek also runs through Tenaya Canyon into Yosemite Valley." (Wikipedia)