observance of the holiday, I'm taking it easy today by sharing a photo I took
I bet you don't have a job that's taken you to
such a beautiful place as Yosemite National Park? That was my good fortune last
Wednesday, as the team for which I'm editor at a San Jose high technology company
made the three-hour-plus drive as an "off-site" to get better acquainted
with a new teammate and with all and each other.
no means the most beautiful picture I took on the daytrip, this is in a sense
the most noteworthy. This is Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the United
States (2,425 feet, equivalent to the Sears Tower in Chicago plus the Eiffel Tower
in Paris) and the fifth highest in the world. All the falls last Wednesday were
at peak performance, as just the day before the roads into the Yosemite Valley
were reopened after being closed by floods for some time, this being the wettest
winter and spring seasons California has recorded in decades. Not only was this
waterfall throwing off a mist that required wearing rain ponchos to get close,
the valley was being blessed by other falls that most visitors had never seen
before, the water and snow runoff levels atop the ridges being so full.|
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1. 7:15 a.m.: Our team leader welcomes us to the
SUV we took from the company parking lot to Yosemite.
2. Bridal Veil Falls
3. Unidentified waterfall.
4. A bridge over the Merced River,
the source of which is Yosemite Falls.
5. Bridal Veil Falls. The lake in the
foreground is floodwater.
6. Slightly different angle on photo 5.
another perspective on Bridal Veil Falls.
8. My teammates on the patio at the
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite's finest accommodation, where we had lunch.
10. The lower portion of Yosemite Falls.
11. A couple of the team
members enjoy the drenching mist thrown off by the roaring waterfall.
13. A hazy look at Halfdome.
14. Halfdome in its glory.
we drove out of the park on Route 120 we encountered this temporary waterfall.
This view is from a bridge looking directly down on the deluge.
at the same waterfall as in 15, but looking across the highway to the other side
and the portion above the bridge.
17. Still from a film I made of several views
in the Valley.
complete index of Jon Kennedy's Jonals for 2001 - 2005