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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has been a location of wonder for more years than can be counted. Glaciers dug Yosemite Valley of the Merced River much deeper than the "hanging valleys" emptying into it. The result is some of the most spectacular waterfalls that can be found anywhere. We went in April, with snow everywhere, and plenty of water for the magnificent waterfalls.

The tremendous snow made a trip into the back country ill advised.

Yosemite Valley Merced River

Yosemite Valley with the Merced River, El Capitan, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls across Merced River

Bridal Veil Falls across the Merced River.

Half Dome Rock as seen from Yosemite Meadows

Half Dome Rock as seen from Yosemite Meadows.

Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Meadow
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Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Meadow.

Yosemite Meadows

In the summer, Yosemite Meadows and the whole of Yosemite Valley is terribly crowded.
Going in April with snow still flying had the advantage of few people and good water flow.
At one end of Yosemite Meadows is the Merced River, El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls (upper left).
Past the other end of the meadows is Half Dome Rock (upper right).

Above is a movie panning across Yosemite Meadow.

You can see waterfalls from Yosemite Meadows as well.
Lower Left is Bridal Veil Falls across the Merced River.
Bridal Veil Falls is also visible in the wide shot upper left.
Lower Right is Yosemite Falls from the Upper Yosemite Meadow in an April snow storm.

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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is best in the early spring when the falls are powered by snow melt.

Crowds are also smaller, but Yosemite Valley is probably never very empty.

Going in April with snow still flying had the advantage of few people and good water flow.

The pictures at left are closer to the falls and in the woods.

The pictures at right are from the meadows. At the far right is a zoom to the upper falls.

   

Movies of Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Meadow and from the woods.

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Bridal Veil Falls

There are many beautiful waterfalls in Yosemite Valley.
Bridal Veil Falls is the second best known, next to Yosemite Falls.
Going in April with snow still flying had the advantage of few people and good water flow.
The pictures at left are from close to the falls.
The pictures at right are through the woods.

Movie from the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

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Other Features

There are many lesser known waterfalls in Yosemite Valley.

The two at right are only there during the spring and are among the many falls not named.

Going in April with snow still flying had the advantage of few people and good water flow.

The pictures at left are El Capitan and Half Dome Rock.

The wonderful mountain stream called the Merced River is in the foreground of El Capitan.

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