Yosemite Falls

September 18, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

I took these photos of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls in August. Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls are usually nothing more than trickles of water in August, but last winter, Yosemite received roughly double the usual amount of snow, leaving a steady flow of water even in late summer. I felt very lucky.

Falls Between the TreesFalls Between the TreesUpper and Lower Yosemite Falls framed by redwood trees. Yosemite, California.

For the first shot, I tried to put the falls in some context. I love the tall trees in Yosemite and I thought it would be fun to frame the falls between giant redwoods. I like the mix of primary colors, viz. red, green, and blue.

The following is a shot of just Lower Yosemite Falls. I took this shot from a closer vantage point. Being closer helped me eliminate some of the atmospheric haze that robs the previous photo of detail around the falls. I like the soothing colors and all the texture in the trees and rocks.

Falling Into The TreesFalling Into The TreesLower Yosemite Falls framed by redwood trees. Yosemite, California.

I also took some close-up shots of Lower Yosemite Falls—well, closer at least. I'm not sure which version I like better—the landscape or portrait variation.
If you look closely enough, you can see people climbing around the rocks beneath the falls, giving you some notion of scale. (The area beneath the falls is off limits, but folks tend not to pay attention to the signs.)
 

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