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[Vernal Fall from Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, June 10, 2011]
We took a family vacation to Yosemite National Park (California) in late August, three years ago. We were disappointed that almost all of Yosemite’s waterfalls were “bone dry.” The snowfall the previous winter had been light and, by late summer, there was little runoff anywhere.
Two weeks ago, I saw a story on a national news broadcast about Yosemite’s historic snowfall last winter. The snowpack on Yosemite’s Tioga Pass Road was still 178 inches at the higher elevations.
The historic snowfall – the heaviest in 75 years – was now melting. The effect was described as a “rampage” of water cascading over Yosemite’s waterfalls.
That was all of the “convincing” I needed. I packed my duffel bag.
I entered the park from the south and turned onto Glacier Point Road, which, at almost 9,000 feet, had only recently opened. The adjacent forest was still under deep snow.
Sixteen miles later, I arrived at Glacier Point, where Ansel Adams spent the better part of a half-century shooting Half Dome (inset).
Vernal Fall came into view. Three years ago, Vernal Fall was dry. Not now. I could hear the roar of the water. It was a great moment.
I would work my way down into the Valley for a closer look.
As always, thanks for stopping by.
(I am on the road for two weeks and will not always have Internet. I will catch up with your pix eventually!)

56 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    This is an incredible image and place big brother. I can see why you return again and again. I can also see why Ansel Adams spent so much time there.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    An amazing shot, T....is that with your new camera? You were really high!! (in elevation, not chemically!!☺) That's an incredible vista; amazing to see the spray from the falls at that distance! I'm sure you heard the roar long before you saw the falls. I'm definitely glad I 'stepped' by!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (12 Jun 2011):

    I picked a fine time to break in a new camera, didn't I? I am delighted you mentioned, the mist, P. It is a rare sighting and provides evidence of the "hydralulic" onslaught! (Very funny parenthetical, by the way!)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (12 Jun 2011):

    Okay, Madam Editor. I changed "stepping" to "stopping." ROFLOL . . . .

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    Amazing landscape Richard!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    Oh wow!! This is wonderful, Richard. What an amazing shot of this magnificant falls in one of our most beautiful national parks. I knew you would love that camera AND do amazing things with us. You have succeeded in dazzling us once again, both with this marvelous nature shot and your interesting and knowledgeable narrative!!! I have watched several documentaries about Ansel Adams....he was quite a photographer wasn't he? Thanks for sharing all this with us. Enjoy your journey and be safe!!!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (12 Jun 2011):

    Thank you, everyone. Patty, as you know, I am using the camera that you and Judy Wanamaker use! But, I am still figuring it out!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    New camera! You're going to have so much fun. What did you buy? (great pic)

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (12 Jun 2011):


  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    Sir R, this is such a gorgeous view! What a fabulous reason to make this trip --the sound must have been wonderful.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (12 Jun 2011):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    beautiful photo and gorgeous scenery! nice job!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    I love how everyone is entering JPG's Sightings whether they want to or not.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    a w e s o m e!!!! people really are so lucky that they could go anywhere they want to, LOL! A wonderful photo and as always very informative capture, RV. Love it. where is the next stop?

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    this is wonderful. love the idea of the inset.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    One of your best , this is a beauty on so many levels !

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    You have done that scene, and the park, justice with that shot. Great narrative as always, and thanks for doing them...Yosemite is such a grand treat for the senses,you have given a perfect example, perfectly. Have fun on your trip and stay safe!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (12 Jun 2011):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    Truly an awe inspiring image! The spray is unbelievable, from such a distance. You got a great capture!

  • Gregory Mencotti

    Gregory Mencotti gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Dick, For years to come you'll at this photo and smile - at your impulsive (in a good way) decision to catch the moment. Way to go, Amigo!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Awesome Richard! :)))

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Well done Dick!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Wow! Incredible image, Richard. Brings back great memories. Thanks.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (14 Jun 2011):

    I can hear that rushing water through your wonderful narrative....amazing vista! I do love the manicured paddock on the bottom right. that deep deep green of the trees at the base send your eyes upwards to that tumbling waterfall. What a place to stop by....lucky you. Safe travels Cap'n.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    What a stunning landscape and how well you photographed it Richard, how wonderful it must have been to be there...

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    So lovely, one day we will make it there. -- I can hardly wait!

  • Lucian Jack

    Lucian Jack (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Perfect Wide View Of This Spectacular Landscape Richard!!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    An amazing scene Dick, great insert and as usual a very informative narrative!

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    great job!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Absolutely stunning shot and great narrative!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (15 Jun 2011):

    Awesome entry Richard....

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful shots....the rainfall has caused a rampage of sorts all along the Missouri river with flooding everywhere...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (16 Jun 2011):

    Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and leaving such nice comments, etc.

  • Elizabeth Loock

    Elizabeth Loock gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    One word only ... INCREDIBLE !!! :)

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (16 Jun 2011):

    Your photo is wonderful!!!thank you for the commentory.....Peggy

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    This one kind of makes me dizzy! That is some serious elevation! I, too, am glad I stepped by. :)

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    What a view! R

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    F A N T A S T I C !!!!!!! A A A A + + +

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (16 Jun 2011):

    Superb again!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Amazing view!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Jun 2011):


  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful! btw do you see the guy reading JPG down there on the baseball diamond?

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    breathtaking view...standing there overlooking the valley has to make a person feel extra tiny in the world :) gorgeous shot!!!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    fabulous!! This is on the short list of vacation destinations.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    another magnificent vista!! Beautiful shot......thank you so much for sharing your trip!!

  • CJC

    CJC gave props (24 Jun 2011):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    One of your best !!!! Amazing!!!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (8 Jul 2011):

    You're doing a great job with that new camera. This is a beautiful shot....looks like a postcard!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Jul 2011):


  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    hea foto-tabatud väga hästi

  • ana marques

    ana marques gave props (25 Aug 2011):


  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (3 Sep 2011):

    To convince Richard to start after the disappointment earlier, she needs to be worthwhile. The photo taken from a distance and not measures of the size of the leap, there are no terms of comparison, but also so that emotion and wonder. The place is really beautiful and unspoilt and Richard reason he wants to see in all its glory. As always, thanks.

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (10 Nov 2011):


  • Victoria Sutton

    Victoria Sutton gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    wow breathtaking shot!!

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