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Dave Wyman | profile | all galleries >> Yosemite's Waterworks, Spring, 2010 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Yosemite's Waterworks, Spring, 2010

As we've done for several years, our group of photographers met the afternoon after Mother's Day, just outside Yosemite at our accommodations in El Portal. Over the years Yosemite has greeted us with both sunny weather and rain, and once even a flood. This time, Yosemite completely switched gears: it snowed.

The next morning, as we drove into Yosemite Valley, a thin blanket of snow covered much of the ground and the trees, and the surrounding cliffs and peaks were plastered with ice and snow. As the morning warmed, chunks of ice broke loose and tumbled downward, most of it thunderously breaking apart with the before reaching the valley floor. A fair amount of ice, though, transported in waterfalls and creeks, flowed into and down the Merced River. I've never seen so much ice before, and certainly didn't expect to see any on a date approaching mid-May.

In a few hours, most of the snow melted away, and a winter morning turned into a spring day. By late afternoon, we made our way to Tunnel View, expecting to see a beautiful display of rainbow-like colors at the base of Bridalveil Fall. To our amazement, a true rainbow spread across the width of the entire valley.

Over the next few days, we would also view and photograph expansive landscapes, historic buildings, and even some wildlife. And Yosemite's "waterworks" would provide us with a few more rainbows and some wonderful reflections in the river, in vernal pools, and even in a sidewalk puddle, making the trip, as usual, live up to its name.
Morning Over Yosemite
Morning Over Yosemite
Morning After a Spring Snowfall
Morning After a Spring Snowfall
Bridalveil Fall After a Late Spring Snowfall
Bridalveil Fall After a Late Spring Snowfall
Ice Surrounds Upper Yosemite Fall
Ice Surrounds Upper Yosemite Fall
Ice Flows on the Surface of the Merced River
Ice Flows on the Surface of the Merced River
Ice and Reflections on the Merced River
Ice and Reflections on the Merced River
Reflections and Ice in the Merced River
Reflections and Ice in the Merced River
Reflections in the Merced River
Reflections in the Merced River
Ice and Grass on the Edge of the Swollen Merced River
Ice and Grass on the Edge of the Swollen Merced River
Upper Yosemite Fall Reflected in a Sidewalk Puddle at Yosemite Lodge
Upper Yosemite Fall Reflected in a Sidewalk Puddle at Yosemite Lodge
El Capitan in Reflection
El Capitan in Reflection
Rainbow Over Yosemite Valley
Rainbow Over Yosemite Valley
Rainbow Over Yosemite
Rainbow Over Yosemite
Double Exposure - Rainbow at Yosemite Falls
Double Exposure - Rainbow at Yosemite Falls
Two of The Three Brothers
Two of "The Three Brothers"
Dogwood at the Ahwahnee Hotel
Dogwood at the Ahwahnee Hotel
Headstone of Galen Clark
Headstone of Galen Clark
Oaks Near the Ansel Adams Gallery
Oaks Near the Ansel Adams Gallery
Deer Near Yosemite Lodge
Deer Near Yosemite Lodge
Cascade Creek, Yosemite
Cascade Creek, Yosemite
Fern Spring
Fern Spring
Swinging Bridge, Wawona
Swinging Bridge, Wawona
Crib Barn, Foresta, Yosemite
"Crib Barn," Foresta, Yosemite
Lampshade Decorated with Sequoia Cones, Wawona Hotel
Lampshade Decorated with Sequoia Cones, Wawona Hotel
No Cares at the Wawona Hotel
No Cares at the Wawona Hotel
Reflections in Cook's Meadow
Reflections in Cook's Meadow
Cook's Meadow Reflection of Yosemite Falls
Cook's Meadow Reflection of Yosemite Falls
Reflections in a Pond in Cook's Meadow (Image Flipped)
Reflections in a Pond in Cook's Meadow (Image Flipped)
Half Dome in Reflection in Cook's Meadow
Half Dome in Reflection in Cook's Meadow
Half Dome in Reflection in Cook's Meadow in William's Eye
Half Dome in Reflection in Cook's Meadow in William's Eye
Photographing Half Dome with Cell Phone Cameras
Photographing Half Dome with Cell Phone Cameras
Half Dome in Gordon's Eye Glass
Half Dome in Gordon's Eye Glass
Half Dome Reflection
Half Dome Reflection
Another View of Half Dome in Reflection
Another View of Half Dome in Reflection