Yosemite's Waterworks, Spring, 2010 by Dave Wyman
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As we've done for several years, our group of photographers met the afternoon after Mother's Day, just outside Yosemite at our accommodations in El Portal. Over the years Yosemite has greeted us with both sunny weather and rain, and once even a flood. This time, Yosemite completely switched gears: it snowed.

The next morning, as we drove into Yosemite Valley, a thin blanket of snow covered much of the ground and the trees, and the surrounding cliffs and peaks were plastered with ice and snow. As the morning warmed, chunks of ice broke loose and tumbled downward, most of it thunderously breaking apart with the before reaching the valley floor. A fair amount of ice, though, transported in waterfalls and creeks, flowed into and down the Merced River. I've never seen so much ice before, and certainly didn't expect to see any on a date approaching mid-May.

In a few hours, most of the snow melted away, and a winter morning turned into a spring day. By late afternoon, we made our way to Tunnel View, expecting to see a beautiful display of rainbow-like colors at the base of Bridalveil Fall. To our amazement, a true rainbow spread across the width of the entire valley.

Over the next few days, we would also view and photograph expansive landscapes, historic buildings, and even some wildlife. And Yosemite's "waterworks" would provide us with a few more rainbows and some wonderful reflections in the river, in vernal pools, and even in a sidewalk puddle, making the trip, as usual, live up to its name.

Another View of Half Dome in Reflection
Half Dome Reflection
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Half Dome in Reflection in Cooks Meadow in Williams Eye
That's me in reflection, as well as Half Dome. The reflecting pool visible in the prior photograph is there, too.

To make this image, I reversed the 35mm lens on my camera, which gave me greater than 1:1 magnification.
Half Dome in Reflection in Cooks Meadow
Reflections in a Pond in Cooks Meadow (Image Flipped)
Cooks Meadow Reflection of Yosemite Falls
Reflections in Cooks Meadow
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Two of The Three Brothers
Double Exposure - Rainbow at Yosemite Falls
A rainbow appearing in the mist at the base of Yosemite Falls was also visible in a pool of water.
Rainbow Over Yosemite
The colors of the rainbow that stretched across the Valley were amplified in the waters of Bridalveil Fall.
Rainbow Over Yosemite Valley
El Capitan in Reflection
Upper Yosemite Fall Reflected in a Sidewalk Puddle at Yosemite Lodge
Ice and Grass on the Edge of the Swollen Merced River
Reflections in the Merced River
Reflections and Ice in the Merced River
Ice and Reflections on the Merced River
Ice Flows on the Surface of the Merced River
Ice Surrounds Upper Yosemite Fall
Bridalveil Fall After a Late Spring Snowfall
Morning After a Spring Snowfall
The snow was fast melting, and steam rose off the cliffs, after a night of roiled weather in and above Yosemite Valley.
Morning Over Yosemite
This was one of the views we found on arriving at the Tunnel View.
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