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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

 

The Magnificent Water Falls at Yosemite National Park

And the Lure of Half Dome

The falls at Yosemite are in their grandest at this time of the year. The unusual amount of snow on the peaks and the heavy melting process means water flowing down in force rarely seen. To add to it, the valley is green and not yet overrun with summer visitors although the Memorial Day weeknd would bring a lot of them to the park. It is a treasure to enjoy.

Distant view of Bridal Veil ©Arundhati Bhowmick


Merced River ©Arundhati Bhowmick


A great view © Arundhati Bhowmick


Bridal Veil © Arundhati Bhowmick


Yosemite Falls, Upper and Middle © Arundhati Bhowmick
Fifth tallest in the world. Height: 2425 ft.


Closer view of Yosemite Falls © Arundhati Bhowmick


Meadow, Horsetail Falls in the background © Arundhati Bhowmick
Also known as El Capitan Falls. Height 1500 ft.

Small Church (Non-denominational) in the Valley © Arundhati Bhowmick


Looking at the peaks from Yosemite Valley © Arundhati Bhowmick


Lower Yosemite Falls © Arundhati Bhowmick


Vernal Falls from Mist Trail ©@Tim Hentzel

Nevada Falls © Arundhati Bhowmick
Half Dome, A Piece of Rock that is like a magnet to hikers


Half Dome, Sheer Side © Arundhati Bhowmick
Rock climbers, brave souls, go up the sheer face of the rock. We,hikers, ascend the other side. The last 200 yards require pulling yourself up cables attached to posts embedded on the rock. Not as hairy as it looks but strenuous. Thousands of hikers do it during the season. For those who are interested, full details available in the excellent post by Kenton Lee(see link).


Climbers going up the cable (like ants) © Musafir

Half Dome cables, last 200 yds, 55 degree incline © Kenton Lee



On Half Dome © Sarbajit Ghosal


Climbing buddy,SG, showing off © Musafir

SG on the precipice © Musafir
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Photo credit: Arundhati Bhowmick used a Nikon Coolpix 5700 to take most of the photographs, including the sheer side of Half Dome. Exceptions were the ones going up Half Dome and of Vernal and Nevada Falls.

Link:
Kenton Lee

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