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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 – like all of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls – 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 “thunderstorm” of freezing “rain.” 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 Bridalveil’s “mist” 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 – 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!)

34 responses

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    now that is awesome!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Oh my! I have been away from the computer for most of the day, decided to have a quick peek at photos, and yours was the first one I saw. What glorious shots---being there in person must have been incredible. I've seen news reports saying this is 'the year' to see these spectacles.....your timing is perfect. I just wish I could have been there----I would have led the charge to the viewing platform, lenses be damned!! (that's such a total lie!!! LOL) These photos are terrific, as usual; it sounds like you are really enjoying your vacation! Thank you for sharing these magnificent shots!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Really love these shots Cuz!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    These are fabulous, Dick! Your true photographer is emerging! Isn't the natural world a gorgeous creation? Your framing and composition is wonderful. Your new camera likes you.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Incredible scenes in this great collage presentation my Friend!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    You definitely have a book, or two, waiting to be published SR ~ !@!!!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    It sounds like you are having a good time on your trip inspite of the heavy rains and I don't blame you for not wanting to uncase your new camera under those conditions. You got some great pictures regardless.. Have fun on the rest of your trip.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Jun 2011):


  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Excellent photography, fabulous pov and comp, and in addition, wonderful scenery and narrative !

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    WOW!! What an incredible place and captures!!!! I so wish I could travel around with you. You know and see the most incredible places.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    These shots are awesome...I especially love the waterfall!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful scenery! So glad you're having a great time on the road.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Wow, now see what you have done to me! I wanted to go Yosemite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe I will randomly asked my hubby to drive up there. We will be in fresno on July 4th weekend and it might be half way already to Yosemite. Wonderful photos, RV!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful collage of your travels Richard. Great framework of the branches and leaves, giving a view of this awesome veil of water tumbling. Yep I would be a bit of a wuss and turn back too.....

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    these are stunning Richard. I can imagine the roaring sound you heard. It is powerful, beautiful and frightening. Many moons ago my husband and his family were leaving a campground in Yosemite when there was a flash flood that came roaring through. Matt and his family made it out, but many did not. Thank you for sharing.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (15 Jun 2011):

    WOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! super in the light box..... I want to visit there again......

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Awesome images.. I can just imagine viewing rock faces like El Capitan, Half Dome.. a rock climber's paradise. Sounds like a remarkable trip, indeed!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    The pics are fabulous and your discriptive powers are such that I feel I am right there with you, great stuff...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Goorgeous in every way...Ansel knew where to go...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (16 Jun 2011):

    My sincere thanks to everyone for such kind remarks. I am leaving Utah today via Monument Valley. Will be in Tuba, Arizona tonight.

  • Elizabeth Loock

    Elizabeth Loock gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Excellent shots. Thanx for sharing. I also do not blame you for not wanting to uncase your new camera.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (16 Jun 2011):

    Fabulous Dick !!!!

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    I love that you thought of your new camera in this weather situation. That is awesome. Pictures are fantastic!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (16 Jun 2011):

    I love the way you document a place, it looks fabulous!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Amazing collage, Richard! The narrative is very nicely written, very descriptive and informative!!! I love the photos from the area. Very, very beautiful. You have done a superb job learning the in's and out's of your new camera....quite a good learning experience. My son and his wife from Las Vegas were there at the very same time you were!! She placed a video on Facebook of the falls, which shows it is just where you were too!!! Small world, eh? I do love this collage, and feel it is one of your very best. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and informative, attention-capturing narratives with us!!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Jun 2011):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic! I just love these beautiful shots. Sure makes me want to go back SOON!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    It is difficult to describe raw beauty - you and your camera have succeeded wonderfully. Keep on bringing the world to us, photos and narratives are eagerly looked for daily!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    What a amazing world God has created.........Thank you so much for bringing a small piece of it to us all!!! Beautiful shots, Dick....I am reading that you purchased a new camera.... which one?????

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    This is a gorgeous collection--the fresh greens and blues are wonderful. Your narrative with the freezing rain adds a great contrast.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    great job done!!! nice narration and i sometimes think god has created the best world and we should be the caretaker!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    Love this!!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    Your photographic reportage, all are beautiful, you are spoiled for choice. This magnificent and majestic mountain backdrop, the expression of nature that has certainly beloved America.

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    huvitav mõte-hea töö

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