Spring in Yosemite Valley! I spent 3 days in the Valley, April 11-14. There were three adventures. In between, I roamed the Valley, taking in the granite, waterfalls, iconic and intimate views. What a marvelous treasure!
The first adventure was a walk with legendary climber Ron Kauk up the north side of Yosemite Valley. We witnessed shadows creeping across the Valley, then a final burst of color as the setting sun cast a rainbow from Bridalveil Fall across the Valley to us.
Then on Wednesday afternoon, April 13, I hiked from Camp 4 up the Yosemite Fall Trail. The weather soon turned interesting: snowflakes, hail, rain, sleet, snow again. Mist. I gave up in the dense mist, took a few photos of a snow-covered snag, and holed up in a cave for the snow to pass. Then, the mist cleared, and the waterfall was *right there* -- Upper Yosemite Falls! Wow! On the way back down, clouds and mist came and went as I captured images of Half Dome and the upper Valley.
Thursday morning I wanted to visit Vernal Falls before driving home. It was an cold morning. The Mist Trail was covered with a thick layer of ice -- rock, trail, vegetation, everything. Spectacular but too slippery to move. The John Muir Trail was also challenging, due to steep snowbanks across the trail, but I persevered. I do love Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Valley. This trip, falling water fascinated me.
I realize I am not the first to take photos in Yosemite Valley (!). I hope you find something interesting and maybe new in these images. Please leave comments, especially if you can identify a feature or creature.