“Waterfalls are spectacular, simultaneously beautiful, uplifting, overwhelming, and bring such immediacy into our minds. There is no wondering about what the waterfalls were like yesterday, no way to know what they'll look like tomorrow. There will always be a shade of difference, a nuance noticed or not, but to see them right now, in this moment in their powerful splendor---that is the way to celebrate the present.” - Unknown
This is a view of the Upper Yosemite Falls taken from Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. After a record winter snowfall in 2011, these falls were flowing the strongest on record. Yosemite Falls is actually three separate falls, Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 ft.), Middle Cascades (675 ft.) and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft.). The total 2,425 foot drop makes Yosemite Falls the highest in North American and fifth tallest waterfall in the world. All three sections of Yosemite Falls can be seen from Glacier Point.
Frequently dried up by August, Lower Yosemite Fall is still the most visited landmark in Yosemite because of its easy accessibility. A hike to Upper Yosemite Fall, by contrast, is a strenuous, all-day endeavor that I have yet to do…but will.