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[Yosemite National Park, June 10, 2011]
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From Glacier Point, we retraced our steps to Wawona Road (Cal. Hwy. 41), turned right, and began the descent into Yosemite Valley.
About half-way down, we stopped at Tunnel View. Here, we had excellent views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks and . . . Bridalveil Fall (lower right, at center).
Because of the heavy snowfall last winter, Bridalveil â€“ like all of Yosemiteâ€™s famous waterfalls â€“ was running at full throttle. From Tunnel View, we could see it . . . and hear it!
We worked our way to the Valley floor, parked, and hiked to the Bridalveil trailhead. As we made our way up the trail, we were caught in what seemed like a â€œthunderstormâ€ of freezing â€œrain.â€ The roar was deafening.
This was not for the faint of heart. Virtually everyone turned back before reaching the viewing platform. We did, too. (I was unwilling to uncase my new camera under these conditions.)
As we retreated, I snapped a shot of Bridalveilâ€™s â€œmistâ€ rising more than a hundred feet above its base (upper right).
Farther away, I took another shot of Bridalveil in hope of capturing the grandeur of this magnificent creation.
Next stop: Yosemite Falls â€“ The giant of them all.
As always, thanks for stepping by.
(I am on the road for two weeks and will not always have Internet. I will catch up with your pix eventually!)
Also by Richard Knight
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