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Good Morning Nanty Glo!

Happy Memorial Day

Monday, May 30 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Dirty work, but
someone has to do it

In observance of the holiday, I'm taking it easy today by sharing a photo I took last week.

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.

By 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.

Hover your cursor over this link, click your left mouse button, and select "Open in New Window" here to open an album containing the rest of my photos taken that day. Below are brief captions for them. Note that clicking any of the photos will enlarge the view; use your back arrow or <alt><back-arrow> after an enlarged view to go back to the photo and continue the slide show by clicking the small arrows above the photos. NOTE: The linked photo album will be unavailable after June 27 2005.

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 (I think).
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.
7. Yet another perspective on Bridal Veil Falls.
8. My teammates on the patio at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite's finest accommodation, where we had lunch.
9. Yosemite Falls.
10. The lower portion of Yosemite Falls.
11. A couple of the team members enjoy the drenching mist thrown off by the roaring waterfall.
12. Variation on 11.
13. A hazy look at Halfdome.
14. Halfdome in its glory.
15. As 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.
16. Looking 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.

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