Snow Kissed Valley
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This shot was taken as a winter storm was clearing the valley. The morning was cold and nasty but as the day moved on the sun started to break through.
On the left is El Capitan in it's proud glory. On the right you have Bridalveil Falls, The Three Brothers, and in the center back is Half Dome.
This is one of the most popular vistas in Yosemite but very rarely seen by most during the winter.
Bridalveil Falls drops roughly 800 feet from the crest of the falls to the valley below. El Capitan rises 3,000 feet from the valley floor. Tunnel view splits those distances and allows a straight shot down the valley.
The snow in these mountains is the lifeblood for many animals and the high country stores that snow like a safe slowly releasing the water throughout the summer. Some of the known waterfalls in Yosemite stop running mid summer. Bridalveil is one of the last of these to dry up.
All these grand waterfalls of Yosemite eventually make their way to the Merced River. During the late winter and early spring the Merced River rushes out of the valley like a wild bronco bucking and rolling over the boulders and rocks in the river. During the summer the water slows and becomes a popular swim hole for many of the park visitors.
The bears and the deer all drink from the river and the trout find their little swim holes tucked in the corners of the river.
December 4th, 2011
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