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[Yosemite National Park, June 10, 2011]

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We were determined to reach the observation bridge near the base of Yosemite Falls, so we pressed on.

We were guided by the roar of thousands of gallons of water crashing every second on the rocks below. Normal conversation was not possible.

The Lower Fall came into view, and we could see the rising mist.

The “mist” was a furious deluge of freezing snowmelt that began its descent from the Upper Fall, 2,500 feet above. As we neared the Lower Fall, we were soaked.

The runoff created a river of whitewater (lower right).

It is little wonder that 12 to 15 people are killed in Yosemite every year. The historic snowmelt has already killed two tourists.

Under the circumstances we observed in Yosemite, an accidental fall into the roiling water would result in death by drowning or blunt force trauma.

The power of the current, the depth of the water, and the presence of jagged rocks are a lethal combination.

This is the last in the series. Thank you for your interest and, 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!)

61 responses

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    One can barely imagine the sound that came with this.. what a splendid capture of this remarkable waterfall and the mist rising above it!! This is just incredibly beautiful, Richard..

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Spectacular views and images...how wonderful it must of been to actually be there to see it, hear it, and feel it!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous adventure, your shots are amazing, this one is no exception !

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Wow, gorgeous shots. And as always such interesting narrative! Glad you are having a great time!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    wow! wow! wow!!!!!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    favorite twice. How come they did not show the 2nd one?????

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Jun 2011):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful clarity...It looks like you are putting your new camera to good use. Wonderful narrative and pictures.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Gerat shot(s), Dick.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Brilliant capture(s) of the power of these falls! Guess I'll put my barrel away for another year!

  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    very acomplished work -- excellent

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (20 Jun 2011):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    This is absolutely AWESOME! Can't add anymore to that.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Jun 2011):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    wonderful trio richard. beautiful photos!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    I tried to leave a comment earlier but got knocked off line. I do love this series of shots. The tones and the power in these are fantastic!!!! Can you imagine being the first one to lay eyes on this forever ago?

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Superb, Richard!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (20 Jun 2011):


  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (20 Jun 2011):

    Oh my goodness! Glad you were extra vigilant during your tramp, and observation of these thunderous wonders! This image is one of the best! Great comps, perfect light. Everything about them screams.... remarkable! Thank you for sharing your terrific adventure.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Such an incredible series. Your narrative, as well as the images, put me right there. Thanks so much foir sharing.

  • James Pommerening

    James Pommerening gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Very nice!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (21 Jun 2011):

    Incredibly Dick,love the story.....Peggy

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    SUPERB !!!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Incredible capture!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    The water and the air look so refreshing.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    this is my favorite of the series. Very powerful! can almost hear the thunder!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (21 Jun 2011):

    Richard this is a great collage... I am always in awe at the beauty of our world........

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (21 Jun 2011):

    WoW, spectacular!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (21 Jun 2011):

    I wish I could find a shot like the one on the left side, is so versatile for composites!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    a beautiful assemblage, richard -- i can almost feel the mist from all that falling water

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Cool shots and good to hear from you again, too!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    I don't know why you want to visit Australia when you have views like this, amazing images in this great collage Dick!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Such indescribable power!! This is so breathtakingly beautiful! Great shots, Dick!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    This is my favourite of the series, love the green trees against the grey might of the rock, wonderfully dramatic shot and your essay always transports me to the spot..

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    What a magnificent sight!!! Thank you so much for "pressing" on to get to this spot!!! and again, your narrative "rocks" :~)

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic! So serene and beautiful in this shot and yet so turbulent in nature, I would love to visit here!

  • CJC

    CJC gave props (24 Jun 2011):

    Your landscape shots are beautiful!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Jun 2011):

    So powerful and beautiful. I'm always hypnotized by the powerful sound of water in nature, whether its falls like this or the crashing of waves against the Mendocino coastline. I love this.

  • Maria Mutch

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

    this is just spectacular --I love the almost-monochrome with that triangle of bright blue.

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful landscape!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    great fall shot!!! Nice enviornment !!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    You really captured the power and beauty of this wonder of nature

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    very beautiful!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (28 Jun 2011):


  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    Spectacular collage ... needs to be mounted and framed! Thanks for the link.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    I agree with Cheryl!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    Ansel Adams..move over....stellar photography and narrative..

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    Wow, I can hardly wait til we get to do this trip. We have it on our list of places to see.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (3 Jul 2011):

    Beautiful composition! Well done.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (4 Jul 2011):

    Another look o this beauty!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (4 Jul 2011):

    I can't imagine the sound! Beautiful!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (6 Jul 2011):

    fantastic place!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    Great and creative shot !!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Jul 2011):


  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    väga hästi tehtud

  • tania medina

    tania medina gave props (25 Aug 2011):

    Nature beauty! Great work.

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    wow, this is really fabulous !

  • Mark Orr

    Mark Orr gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    New favorite...ha.....beautiful!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    My son is a master guide and did some time at Yosemite. No longer able to survive within the national park system, he made a sharp left at healthcare. His photos of his time at Yosemite are as breathtaking.

  • Victoria Sutton

    Victoria Sutton gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Beautiful lighting and angle! Really beautiful pictures!!

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