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May 2005

Photos of Yosemite Falls in Spring

California, Landscape, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Falling 2425 feet (730m) in three sections, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and the fifth tallest in the world. During winter, a cone of frozen mist forms at the base of Lower Yosemite Falls. A strenuous hike takes visitors from the valley floor to the precipice of the falls, offering impressive perspective of the falls and their enormity relative to the valley itself. Yosemite Falls flows year round; May and June are most impressive, while flow slows to nearly a trickle during winter months.

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow.
Image ID: 12631
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Rafters enjoy a Spring day on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with Yosemite Falls in the background, Yosemite National Park, California

Rafters enjoy a Spring day on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with Yosemite Falls in the background.
Image ID: 09214
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow.
Image ID: 12632
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Upper Yosemite Falls.
Image ID: 05466
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Keywords: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley, Waterfall, photo. picture, image, photograph.

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Photo of Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

Landscape, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Spring is the time to visit Vernal Falls and the famous Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park. Vernal Falls is at peak flow in late May and June, the weather is usually pleasant and the dogwoods are in bloom on the valley floor. We try to make a springtime visit to Yosemite each year to hike the Mist Trail with our daughters. We get soaked by the falls on the way up, soak in the sun and dry off at the top, enjoy a lunch of trail mix and Clif bars alongside other hikers, and leisurely make our way back down the trail later in the afternoon. If one times his visit to Vernal Falls at midday, a rainbow is often visible in front of the falls when viewed from the trail just 100 yards away.

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail.
Image ID: 12634
Location: Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Fern Springs, a small natural spring in Yosemite Valley near the Pohono Bridge, trickles quietly over rocks as it flows into the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California

Fern Springs, a small natural spring in Yosemite Valley near the Pohono Bridge, trickles quietly over rocks as it flows into the Merced River.
Image ID: 12650
Location: Fern Springs, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring. Hikers are seen at the precipice to Vernal Falls, having hiked up the Mist Trail to get there, Yosemite National Park, California

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring. Hikers are seen at the precipice to Vernal Falls, having hiked up the Mist Trail to get there.
Image ID: 12635
Location: Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, Yosemite Valley, Cornus nuttallii, Yosemite National Park, California

Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, Yosemite Valley.
Image ID: 12686
Species: Mountain dogwood, Cornus nuttallii
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

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Keywords: Vernal Falls, waterfall, Yosemite National Park, photo, picture, image, photograph.

Mountain Lion Photos

Photo of the Day

Recently we had a chance to photograph mountain lions in the red rocks of southern Utah. Here are a few images:

Mountain lion leaping, Puma concolor

Mountain lion leaping.
Image ID: 12283
Species: Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Mountain lion.
Image ID: 12304
Species: Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Mountain lion.
Image ID: 12313
Species: Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Mountain lion.
Image ID: 12334
Species: Mountain lion, Puma concolor

Keywords: puma, cougar, mountain lion, puma concolor, photo.

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Waterfalls at Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park

National Parks, Zion

On a recent visit to Utah I had a chance to spend some time in Zion National Park. A number of ephemeral waterfalls were flowing, the result of rainstorms that had passed over Zion Canyon a few days before. The Temple of Sinawava, a widening in Zion Canyon at the end of the paved road, featured a fine waterfall that I am told is typically dry but which had been seen most of the past winter and spring due to the amazing amounts of rain southern Utah has seen this year. That same morning I photographed two other emphemeral falls above nearby Weeping Rock. My tram driver informed me that those two almost never flow and that they were due solely to the rain that had fallen the preceding night and not to any snow melt, and that they would be dry by afternoon. Heavy cloud cover allowed for a long shutter speed, softening the appearance of the falls and accentuating the color in the rain-slicked red sandstone cliffs and cottonwood trees.

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm. Zion Canyon.
Image ID: 12452
Location: Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm. Zion Canyon.
Image ID: 12450
Location: Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm. Zion Canyon.
Image ID: 12451
Location: Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Keywords: Zion National Park, Temple of Sinawava, Waterfall.

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