Have you visited someplace and felt like kicking yourself for not getting there much earlier? I feel that way quite often and the last time that happened was when I was when I was standing at a view point that showed me Yosemite’s very celebrated Tunnel View. (To my defense, I’d planned that trip several times and had those plans crashed every single time, until this one time, last fall.)
Let me tell you what it was like to stand and stare at the Tunnel View. I felt like I was in a daze. I cross my heart and hope to die — I couldn’t believe I was actually seeing with my own two eyes, a sight I’d seen in pictures many, many times.
Yosemite’s must-see attractions
The Tunnel View is a panorama of the granite drops that measure up to several thousands of feet, two rows of rocky walls and a conifer-covered valley in between. Of the cliffs that line ‘the tunnel’ the A-listers are: the sky-scraping El Capitan on the left, the eye-catching Half Dome on the right and near it the graceful Bridal Veil Falls that was having a quiet day when I visited. One cannot visit here and leave without seeing these sights.
This cliff is over 7,500 ft tall.
|The Half Dome
This almost-hemispherical rock is over 4000 ft. above the valley floor and its highest point is at an elevation of over 8,800 ft.
|A meadow in Yosemite Valley.
And that’s the El Capitan on the right.
This natural structure is said to be over 7000 ft. in height.
|Bridal Veil Falls|
If you are wondering how these behemoths came into being, let me tell you that they are believed to have been igneous rocks formed below the surface of the earth, which were later exposed by glacial activity on the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Lying on the western slopes of the Sierras, Yosemite is known for infamous winter weather and snowfall. [If you are visiting in the winter or even in Spring, you might want to look up the weather and road conditions before you are on your way to Yosemite National Park.)
Bridal Veil Falls
The Bridal Veil Falls was not at it’s best that day; it was ‘fall’ after all. And this waterfall which is fed by snow-melt doesn’t have much water to pour down after the hot summer months. But I must say it is quite something to stand at the foot of that 617 ft. drop and watch the wind and spray put up a show.
And I accidentally shot a rainbow while I stood there clicking a few pictures. (See it here — Is that a rainbow?)
|The spray at the top of the waterfall.
The spray also looked like a bridal veil that afternoon.
During our day at Yosemite, we also stopped at a few other points-of-interest that demanded attention and forced me to take landscapes and portraits.
|El Captian from Northside Drive.|
With all this, I’ve merely scratched the surface of this National called Yosemite. Glacier Point, Tenaya Lake and Mariposa Grove, I’ll be coming to see y’all soon. And I’m sure I’ll visit again and again.