Dean M. Chriss
Yosemite Falls, Springtime, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls, Springtime

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The above photograph was captured on a spring day when the wind was moving huge amounts of mist in various directions. Approaching the waterfall more closely in such conditions can be a drenching and deafening experience. A more distant view is required to capture the entire height of the waterfall regardless. Yosemite Falls has three three drops, Upper Yosemite Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall. Together they have a combined height of 2,425 feet (739 m), making Yosemite Falls among the highest in the United States and the 20th highest waterfall in the world. Yosemite Creek, which flows over this waterfall, is fed entirely by snow melt. It has a peak flow of approximately 2,400 gallons (10,911 liters) per second.