The faux Horsetail Fall

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I just got my film back from the developer so I have a few shots to share. Actually, I haven’t had a blog slot to share these digital pix. (Funny, I still see REAL 35 mm film for sale.)  If you recall, I went up mid-Feb to try and see the majestic glowing red Horsetail Fall, as seen in Michael Frye’s excellent photo below. No Photoshop here. This is what it looks like for a brief period.

Well here’s what we saw on Feb 20 an  hour before sunset. Bla. The weather stunk for this event and very little water was flowing out of the fall. Here’s the big picture…it lies just to the right of El Cap. I circled the wimpy water trickle.

The next shot is a 10x zoom to the fall. Oh boy, maybe 60 feet drop.  Has anyone gotten good pix this year? You can click on them to make them a bit bigger.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Patient observation and constant brooding above the rocks, laying upon them for years as the ice did, is the way to arrive at the truths which are graven so lavishly upon them. – John Muir, 1870
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Randy says:

    Oh, by the way; My wife and I have both read Amy Racina’s book, Angles in the Wilderness, and both agree, it is a MUST read! Inspiring!

    • mrhalfdome says:

      Amy is good people. She often does the REI lecture circuit. Her recovery is amazing. Her book describes her rescue after free falling 60′ while solo backpacking. Go to my website to the Reader’s Pix page to see her on top of Half Dome just 4 years later.

  2. Randy says:

    🙂 I was just up there a week ago and Horsetail was wimpy then too! And that was after it had snowed 3 feet up high only two nights ago. Maybe still not enough melt water coming down from the high counrty to really get Horsetail flowing. But even still, the weather conditions were not cooperating with this particular event. I have one more post to do on this trip. we had a great time though.

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