The Silence Of Noisy Contemplation
“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen
The Mist Trial is Yosemite's signature hike. While many of Yosemite's trails are popular due to having a single spectacular destination, the Mist Trail has fabulous views scattered all along it, beginning at the bridge overlook, progressing to two unforgettable waterfalls, Vernal (pictured here) and Nevada Fall, that fall a combined total of more than 900 feet (270 meters).
Despite the renewal benefit of Vernal Fall, and so many other falls of Yosemite, one must never forget their footing or take lightly any such force of nature. When I photographed this waterfall in June of 2011, 3 people had already died in this park due to water-related incidents -- 2 just a week before my arrival at Wapama Fall. And to punctuate the point, just a mere month after shooting this image, in July 2011, 3 more people went to watery graves right over this exact same fall. Why? Not due to any fault of the Park. In each case poor decisions were made, despite the multitude of warnings posted in a multitude of languages.