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Created 20-Sep-11
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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.
Branch above GraniteBridalveil FallEl CapSpring ReflectionEl CapitanRoots with RocksEl CapitanYosemite Fall from Merced RiverUpper Yosemite FallUpper Yosemite Fall (Close  View)Upper Yosemite Fall (Close  View)Upper Yosemite Fall (Close  View)Upper Yosemite FallEl Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, & CloudsBridalveil Fall from across the ValleyGranite with CloudsEl Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, & CloudsEl Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Valley, & CloudsEl Capitan SummitBridalveil Fall from across the Valley