Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yosemite Falls in Winter

I don't usually vacation in Winter, but a trip to Yosemite National Park proved to be just amazing. The views, the rock, the water, the snow, and the cold air were like nothing I had seen or felt.

Yosemite Falls is the highest measured water in North America and is located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is also one of the world's tallest, and is made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1430 feet), the Middle Cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320). In the picture below, you can see the upper fall and the lower fall.

We were able to hike to the lower fall. The path to the upper fall was closed for winter.  My  husband and I on the path leading to the lower fall. Do I look cold? I was freezing. I have four layers of clothing on under that red jacket.

The walk to the lower fall was fairy easy but very icy.

Even with the cold air and the icy path, seeing the water crashing down on the rocks was so rewarding. The rock is solid granite and looks very slick.

This shot is as close as we could get to the lower fall. That my husband, me, son-in-law, and grandson in the picture, our daughter is taking the picture.

Once last view of the lower fall in Yosemite.

The lower fall is located near the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley. Thanks for stopping by to see Yosemite Falls in Winter - Judy.

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Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Thanks for sharing! Visited many years ago but it was summer!

Snap said...

What a wonderful place! I dearly love waterfalls. The majesty, the sound! Lovely shots of Yosemite and a wonderful time you must have had with your family!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wow, those are amazing pictures. What a beautiful place...we have got to find time for a vacation to see this amazing country of ours.

Sue said...

Did you enter the park area going through Mariposa or did you go in on the other side of Oakhurst? It really is beautiful country! I'll be there next month. Winter in the park looks amazing and you are showing some wonderful photos! :-)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, Yosemite falls looks beautiful in the winter. Gorgeous photos. I have climbed the trail to the upper falls and I can see why they would close it in the winter. Wonderful post. Have a great week!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I think your winter trip was worth it to see such a wildly beautiful place.

cassandrasminicorner said...

Very nice and very interesting place:) Never been there yet:(

Visiting for Blue Monday! Here's mine-hope you can stop by:)

SmilingSally said...

I've never been there; thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday, Judy!

pat said...

How beautiful!

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful post! love your new header. Thanks for sharing.JoAnn

Cindy said...

So Beautiful!!! OMG me too! I love your new header! ^^^
XO Cindy

Carole M. said...

absolutely picturesque photographs; thanks for sharing

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I visited Yosemite two years ago in the fall, so the falls were just a trickle. I loved seeing them here in full flow! It is my dream to re visit Yellowstone National Park in winter one year.

CameraCruise said...

Wow, how beautiful!
thanks for sharing.

hamilton said...

The second last shot with you all in the foreground gives you a good idea of the height of these falls!

Light and Voices said...

Yosemite Falls is on my "bucket list" any season. Jeepers you are brave to go in the Winter. How peaceful this trip must have been.
Joyce M

Ebie said...

Nice crisp photos! We are going there next month - I would like to experience what you had.

What a beauty~

chubskulit said...


Whiteout, for outdoor wednesday.

Emille said...

We go there almost every summer, for me to paint, and hubby to hike! The sights are awesome in winter, but it's just too cold for me:)


Stunning...very, very stunning. A bit on the cold, blustery side for me...[I'm a wuss when it comes to cold and winter]....but, still, gorgeous.

My Wednesday post: UNDER THE SEA

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Yosemite is one of a handful of parks that my heart still desires to visit one day. The images are absolutely stunning...thank you~

jewaicious said...

I love Yosemite, and your beautiful photos remind me why.


I'm more than happy to tell you, I'm now YOUR newest follower. Thanks for your visit and your encouragement by following me and my postings.

Jessica said...

I was there last summer. Neat to see it this time of year

Andrea said...

Those are fascinating photos of a famous landmark. I am sure you oldies feel great, but i pity the young one still in the crib, i am sure it felt so cold and doesn't yet appreciate the falls. Oh i just wish for it to stay inside the house and cuddle in the warmer confines of its bed, LOL.

Judy Bigg said...

Thanks, that's what I was hoping everyone would notice.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Such gorgeous pictures, so surreal.
Thank you so much for sharing them with us at WIW.
Love partying with you.
See you next week!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Such gorgeous photos, so surreal.
Thanks so much for sharing them
with us at WIW. We love partying
with you.
See you next week!