[Visual Stimuli] Yosemite National Park in the Winter

I took these pictures on a trip in February of 2004. It was in the 40's and the snow was rapidly melting, but in shaded areas there was still quite a bit. Many of the trails were packed snow and ice and the footing was at times precarious.

In addition to these pictures, I also have a page just for the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, Half Dome, and one for the main valley.

Halfdome from Valley overlook
When you come into the park on Rt 120, while you are still a ways from the valley floor, there is a turnout where you are treated to this view of halfdome.
Date: February 14, 2004
Location: Rt 120, Valley View, Yosemite N.P., CA

Bridalveil falls with ice
The breeze blows the water, making it look, at times, like a bride's veil. In the winter, some of the water freezes on the side of the falls.
Date: February 14, 2004
Location: Bridalveil falls, Yosemite N.P., CA

Halfdome reflects in the river
The calm merced river with snow-covered banks reflects halfdome.
Date: February 15, 2004
Location: Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite N.P., CA

Mirror lake and Mt Watkins
A mile hike up a snowy road brings you to Mirror Lake, which is really just a wide spot in Tenaya creek. The water is mostly free of ice and the far bank is covered with snow. Behind it is Mt Watkins.
Date: February 14, 2004
Location: Mirror Lake, Yosemite N.P., CA

Snow and the Merced
Water flows between snow-topped rocks into a small pool on the Merced River. Date: February 15, 2004
Location: Rt. 140, Yosemite N.P., CA

Bare trees and a waterfall
There is a trail that snakes along the Merced river. From many places on it you can see Yosemite falls. Here, I was standing on the banks of the river, looking back toward the falls.
Date: February 15, 2004
Location: Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite N.P., CA

Yosemite upper falls with ice
In the winter, a large ice cone forms at the base of the falls.
Date: February 15, 2004
Location: Swinging Bridge, Yosemite N.P., CA

The valley in winter.
The floor of the valley is green, but the mountains behind have snow on them. Bridalveil falls is on the right, and El Capitan is on the left. Date: February 14, 2004
Location: Tunnel View, Yosemite N.P., CA

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