Yosemite Waterfalls

August 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

Upper Yosemite Falls, early May

Upper Yosemite Falls, early May

I’m still playing catch-up on editing photographs I took earlier this year, and this series of Yosemite National Park’s waterfalls is from early May. That’s a great time for waterfalls fueled by snowmelt, and before the summer crowds of tourists.

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Matter of fact, Yosemite Falls generally dries up in summer, refreshed only by the occasional monsoons.

Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

I hoped to see a rainbow in the fine mist at the bottom of the falls I visited, but I guess the sun wasn’t at the right angle. There is also the possibility of seeing a moonbow during the full moon at certain times of year.

Base of Lower Yosemite Falls

Base of Lower Yosemite Falls

My favorite place in Yosemite is at Glacier Point, with a mountainous vista spread out as far as you can see. I need to see the open sky; being inside a tall forest with only glimpses of the sky is claustrophobic to me. You can also see Nevada and Vernal Falls from there.

Nevada Falls from Glacier Point

Nevada Falls from Glacier Point

Waterfalls change shape as they descend, bouncing off ledges, hugging rock faces, catching the wind.

Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls

A fast or slow shutter speed on the camera also represents different aspects of water. I prefer silky water, so catching the water in the shade and aiming for 1/15 sec or slower is necessary.

Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

Bridal Veil Falls certainly resembles its name in the bottom photographs.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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It’s actually a very tall falls, and later that day the wind made it very dramatic.

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Just a short ways downstream, calm prevailed.

Footbridge below Bridal Veil Falls

Footbridge below Bridal Veil Falls

The sunset vistas from Glacier Point are quite spectacular and will be featured in another blog post.  Vernal Falls is about 2,200 feet lower than Glacier Point and caught the sun’s last rays beautifully.

Vernal Falls at sunset

Vernal Falls at sunset

With the 1200mm reach of the Canon SX-50, you can even see the footbridge.

Vernal Falls at sunset

Vernal Falls at sunset

Stay tuned for more from Yosemite!

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1 Comment

  1. Alli Farkas said,

    Incredible light, as usual!

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