This is a great year for water in Yosemite Valley due to the huge amount of snow in the high country. The Merced River flows at flood stage throughout the park, making for great photography and dangerous water conditions, if you are not careful. My photo buddy, Graham and I stopped in the valley briefly before we headed over Tioga Pass just a couple of days after it opened. The number of cars and people was mind boggling, all trying to glimpse all this water. We made two loops through the valley before heading out over the pass. I did take a few photographs, when we could find a parking spot, as this flooding was a rare occurrence anytime in the park. Most of the traffic was traveling into the Bridalveil Falls parking lot. The back-up was a quarter of a mile for the right hand turn. If you wanted to go up to the tunnel view, you had to wait your turn. Every parking spot on either side of the road coming into the park or going out of the park was filled with tourists. As far as I know, this hasn’t changed since then. There is still a lot of water coming over the falls. It has been a great year for water, moonbows, rainbows, and that unforgetable roar that Yosemite Falls makes with all the water spilling over the falls.
I’m not much on dividing a picture in half, but it works for this image. I like the way the reflection came out of the falls. I didn’t get any blinkies in the actual falls. I was on the bank under some trees when photographing this image out of the sunlight shadowed by the tree top canopy. A few other photographers were there doing what I was doing, all having a great time I’m sure.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24-105mm f4L at 40mm
ISO 200, 1/50 sec at f/11