A National Crown Jewel Sparkles Even More This Year

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Yosemite Falls - By Myrl Jeffcoat

It's been said that Yosemite is the Crown Jewel of all America's National Parks.  Having been there on several occasions, I can attest to Yosemite's majesty.  However, several years of draught had turned down the water spigot on her magnificent waterfalls, and brought them to a summertime trickle. 

Four years ago, I eagerly went with out of state visitors to show off Yosemite's grandeur, but found virtually no water plunging from atop Yosemite Falls.  It was very disappointing.

But near the end of this long Northern California winter, laden with heavy rains and snowfall, I suspected facets and glimmer would return to Yosemite's waterfall bling once again.  When 3 days of rain and snowfall hit the area this past weekend, I knew I needed to drive the 160 miles to witness the wonders likely visited upon my favorite of National Parks.

It was just a day trip.  I left at 4:30 am this morning, and returned home awhile ago.  I'm weary - but in a good way.  I'll finish processing my photos tomorrow, but thought I'd tempt you with this one for now!

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Comments (20)

William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, TO DIE FOR, Just positively stunning and how I wish I could gone with you. Are you back or did you do this post from there. 

Jun 09, 2011 03:31 PM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Myrl, thanks for sharing the magnificent picture, it worth your 160 miles drive for the view and the picture. You must be tired. I enjoyed your post.

Jun 09, 2011 03:42 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

It's splendid! and it seems that the water has been turned on again, Myrl.  It is disappointing in dry years to see the rivers and falls in summer as little trickles of themselves.  I think we will see better water this year.

Jun 09, 2011 03:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

William - I am back!  I'm a little disgusted with myself.  I had a really great time, but there was a comedy of errors that you might appreciate.  Imagine pulling into Yosemite Valley, hauling out your tripod, and then realizing that the little thingamagadget that screws into the bottom of your camera to mount to the tripod is no where to be found.  I remembered it was back in Sacramento, screwed into the Canon point and shoot camera I left behind.  I had also planned on taking Flat Stanley along for company, but I left him sitting in my computer room.  Then I found this delightful little spring surrounded with moss and ferns.  I decided to get down on my hands and knees to photograph it.  But it was a little marshier than I anticipated, so you know the rest. . .LOL

Anyway, I'm back, I've had a bath, and I did manage to get several good shots with the D90.  It was a good idea to go there right after the rains because the skies were cleaner, and everything looked so fresh and green.  The last time I had gone it was on a Monday, and the sky was filled with contrails from airplanes taking travelers to their destinations.  Today, there wasn't a single contrail in the sky. 

I also need to know how I can photograph the lower Yosemite Falls up close and personal without drenching my lens from the heavy mist.  That was a real challenge, and I ultimately failed at getting a satisfactory picture. And I came away looking like a drowned rat. . .Photography isn't for sissies:-)

Jun 09, 2011 03:52 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kwee - It was worth doing.  I only wish I had had my act together though.  It was one of those "best laid plans" days.

Mary - Ofall the times I have been to Yosemite, this year tops the list for the amount of water and sheer grandeur from the experience.  There were waterfalls, that hadn't been seen in years.  Everyone was talking about it!

Jun 09, 2011 03:55 PM
Ted Tyrrell
RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton) - Victoria, BC
Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria

Myrl, my wife and I go to California every year for a month in winter. I have lived in California for six years (1960's) but have never been to Yosemite. One day...

Gorgeous picture, by the way.

Jun 09, 2011 03:58 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Too funny and of course, parts being left behind would be normal for me. But I took action to prevent it. I am usually now always prepared for wherever I go. 

This is a trip you might have taken with another photographer. Sharing parts or jerry rigging is not so uncommon, lol. 

An extra long lens hood made out of rubber would probably have helped. But it requires the big telephoto lenses to get on it while being safely away from the mist. You do risk getting some ghosting with the extra long lens hood but it could get you the shot. I don't know if you shot raw but if so it can be fixed. Otherwise you have to crop some.

Those down in the marshier spring shots must be awesome. They sound like they were expensive shots, lol, shoes and clothes were the price. 

Well I would guess at least a few hundred photos , right? I can't wait to see them. :-)


Jun 09, 2011 04:17 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Ted - If you haven't been to Yosemite, you really ought to put it on your California Bucket List.  I think it should be listed as one of the top 5 best destinations in the state.

William - I would have loved having you along, but there were a couple of times today (the marsh being one of 'em), that I was REALLY glad no one I knew was nearby. . .LOL  I got a kick out of a guy and his wife near Yosemite Falls today.  They had one of those coolers that have wheels on it.  It was loaded with their camera gear.  They used it to sit on, and haul equipment.  Great idea. . . LOL  They were really friendly too!  He was shooting with a D90, his wife was using a Canon.

Jun 09, 2011 04:25 PM
w w
Solana Beach, CA

Gorgeous shot!  Yosemite is one of my favorite spots on the planet!

Jun 09, 2011 05:43 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

You know, I have been wanting go for the last few years...  I soooo need to get my but up there!

Jun 09, 2011 06:02 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Myrl - well it worked - I want to check airfares right now and book a trip to Yosemite! It's a place I've always wanted to visit and your photo reminded me to put some serious thought into planning a trip this fall! Can't wait to see the rest of your photos - this one is stunning!

Jun 09, 2011 06:06 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, Great photo!  We are going to have to get to Yosemite one of these days!  I have flown over it landing in Fresno, I wish that I would of had my camera then, now seeing your photo, I really want to go!

Jun 09, 2011 06:58 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, I thought I had " suggested"  this post and the button still had color  so I did it again. This is a stunning photo and deserves to be featured.

Jun 10, 2011 10:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Wendy - Yosemite is one of those destination spots that would be really hard to not love.

Chris - I think the best time to visit Yosemite is before the end of June if you want to experience the falls in their really abundant form.  But I've been there in autumn too.  And the colors of the leaves provides an exquisite experience.

Kristine - In autumn the falls aren't as likely to be as full, but the colors of the foliage and leaves are usually stunning then.  I hope you can make it to Yosemite for a visit.

Jun 10, 2011 11:40 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Tony and Darcy - You are likely less than 10 hours away from Yosemite by car.  You could come through Tioga Pass.  It would make a great roadtrip for you!

William - Thanks for the "suggest" it is greatly appreciated!  I've been working on the photos today, while trying to put a little slide show together.  I shot so many of the photos in "portrait" rather than "landscape."  So can't really mix them up for the slide show.  For all the crawling around in the marsh that I did, I didn't get a single picture in that spot that knocked my socks off.  I feel like Forrest Gump, "Photography can be like a box of chocolates - You don't know what you are gonna get."

Jun 10, 2011 11:45 AM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Wow.  I'm jealous. I've never been there. I have a friend going next week.  Makes me wish I could go along.

Jun 10, 2011 11:47 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Jim - You are entirely too close to Yosemite from where you are to be upset about it.  Get in your car and go for a drive.  However, I shouldn't lecture. . .I feel the same way about Yellowstone, and I've never been.. 

Jun 10, 2011 12:07 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Despite the mishaps, it all turned out good - no - GREAT! This photo is absolutely one of the best I've ever seen. I always wanted to visit Yosemite and you make me want it even more now. It really is a Crown Jewel!


Jun 11, 2011 04:46 AM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Myrl - how beautiful Yosemite is. I have not been there since I was a little girl, but still remember the beauty and magnitude of these incredible falls. I look forward to seeing more photos!

Jun 11, 2011 08:05 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Patricia - The plus signs came up far more than the minus ones with this trip.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I had packed enough food in the cooler to last a week.  I don't know what I was thinking:-)

Sharon - I actually went decades in between visits to Yosemite.  I remember a stretch between 1967 and 2006.  That was 39 years.  But, I've been 3 times in the past 5 years.  The falls with the exception of 2008, have always been spectacular.  In 2008 we had a drought, which pretty much dried up the falls by July.

Jun 14, 2011 03:46 AM