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Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow.  The Merced  River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California Cathedral Rocks at sunrise, reflected in a spring meadow flooded by the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California Black Oaks below El Capitan, Quercus kelloggii, El Capitan meadow, Yosemite Valley, Quercus kelloggii, Yosemite National Park, California Half Dome and storm clouds at sunset, viewed from Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California A giant sequoia tree, soars skyward from the forest floor, lit by the morning sun and surrounded by other sequioas.  The massive trunk characteristic of sequoia trees is apparent, as is the crown of foliage starting high above the base of the tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California Glacial erratic boulders atop Olmsted Point, with the massive granite monoliths Half Dome and Clouds Rest in the background. Erratics are huge boulders left behind by the passing of glaciers which carved the granite surroundings into their present-day form.  When the glaciers melt, any boulders and other geologic material that it was carrying are left in place, sometimes many miles from their original location, Yosemite National Park, California A giant sequoia tree, soars skyward from the forest floor, lit by the morning sun and surrounded by other sequioas.  The massive trunk characteristic of sequoia trees is apparent, as is the crown of foliage starting high above the base of the tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, 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, 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, Yosemite National Park, California Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, Yosemite Valley, Cornus nuttallii, Yosemite National Park, California Upper Yosemite Falls near peak flow in spring.  Yosemite Falls, at 2425 feet tall (730m) is the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest in the world.  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Bridalveil Falls plummets 620 feet (200m).  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Bridalveil Falls plummets 620 feet (200m).  Yosemite Valley, 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. Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California El Capitan rises above the Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Nevada Falls, with Liberty Cap (center) and Half Dome (left). Nevada Falls marks where the Merced River plummets almost 600 through a joint in the Little Yosemite Valley, shooting out from a sheer granite cliff and then down to a boulder pile far below, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls (upper, middle and lower sections) at peak flow, spring, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls rises above Cooks Meadow.  The 2425 falls, the tallest in North America, is at peak flow during a warm-weather springtime melt of Sierra snowpack.  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Bridalveil Falls and misty Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Mammoth Peak (12,117') reflected in small tarn pond at sunrise, viewed from meadows near Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, California Mammoth Peak (12,117') reflected in small tarn pond at sunrise, viewed from meadows near Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, California El Capitan and Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Lower Yosemite Falls in spring, Yosemite National Park, California Cables guiding hikers to summit of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, hikers visible at precipice, viewed from John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park, California Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, Spring Hikers climb the Mist Trail (at right) through Little Yosemite Valley, approaching Vernal Falls.  Spring, Yosemite National Park, California Rafters enjoy a Spring day on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with Yosemite Falls in the background, Yosemite National Park, California Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California The Tuolumne River flows serenely through Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra. Lembert Dome is seen in the background, Yosemite National Park, California Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California Unicorn Peak at sunset, seen from Tuolumne Meadows.  Cockscomb Peak rises in the distance, Yosemite National Park, California Mammoth Peak and alpine meadows in the High Sierra are reflected in Tioga Lake at sunrise. This spectacular location is just a short walk from the Tioga Pass road. Near Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park Clouds Rest viewed from Olmsted Point. Clouds Rest is one of the most massive -- if not the singlemost massive -- granite monoliths in the world. A vast lobe of Mesozoic-era granodiorite magma cooled to rock and was gradually uplifted to its present altitude of 9926 ft. Later, glaciers cut it into its present shape, Yosemite National Park, California Glacial erratics atop Olmsted Point. Erratics are huge boulders left behind by the passing of glaciers which carved the granite surroundings into their present-day form, Yosemite National Park, California Panorama of Tenaya Lake, in Yosemite's high country, Yosemite National Park, California Upper Yosemite Falls by moonlight, viewed from Cooks Meadow. Star trails appear in the night sky. Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Mammoth Peak over Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park Yosemite Falls viewed from Cook's Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California Panoramic view of the Cathedral Range from the summit of Vogelsang Peak (11500').  The shadow of Vogelsang Peak can be seen in the middle of the picture, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls rises above Cooks Meadow.  The 2425 falls, the tallest in North America, is at peak flow during a warm-weather springtime melt of Sierra snowpack.  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls rises above Cooks Meadow.  The 2425 falls, the tallest in North America, is at peak flow during a warm-weather springtime melt of Sierra snowpack.  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Fletcher Peak is reflected in Vogelsang Lake at sunset, viewed from near summit of Vogelsang Peak, Yosemite National Park, California Rocks and stream connecting the two sections of Townsley Lake, with Choo-choo Ridge (11357') visible in the distance, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls reflected in a meadow pool, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Bridalveil Falls and Cathedral Rocks, Sunset, Yosemite National Park Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, blooming in spring in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Upper Yosemite Falls near peak flow in spring. Yosemite Falls, at 2425 feet tall (730m) is the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest in the world, Yosemite National Park, California   more ...

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