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Bridalveil falls is usually the first major waterfall that most visitors see as they enter Yosemite Valley. A very common image of this alls is taken from the Tunnel View parking lot up on highway 41 coming from Wiwona Village. I have a number of images taken from Tunnel View as it's a very beautiful overlook.
This particular image was taken from across the Merced River during the spring time. As can be sen in this image the mist from the falls is very strong and at the time of year this was taken it is almost impossible to enjoy a close view of the falls without getting completely soaked.
As mentioned before, Bridalveil falls is considered on of the major Yosemite waterfalls with a height of over 800 feet from top to bottom. The primary source of the water that flows over Bridalveil is Ostrander lake roughly 10 miles to the south of the falls.
This is one of my favorite places in the park to just sit and take in nature. Sitting next to the Merced River as the water flows past. During the early sprig the water moves swiftly. The water being crytal clear and cold it is best to not get to careless near the waters edge. With keen eyesight one may spot an occasional trout swim past. There is an open meadow just across from the river and one may see a herd of dear strolling by. From this vantage point off to the left is El Capitan in all it's glory.
November 22nd, 2011
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