Continue down the road from Minaret Vista (yesterday's post) towards Reds Meadow and park at the Devil's Postpile trail. From there it is a pleasant scenic one mile saunter to Minaret Falls. The Falls rely on snow melt and will be diminshed if not dry by late summer as they flow into the San Joaquin River.
The falls were created by glaciers during the Ice Age. As the enomorous Middle Glacier scoured out its canyon, a smaller tributary glacier cut out its valley at a slower rate. As a result, when the glaciers melted away, the mouth of Minaret Valley was perched several hundred feet above the main canyon; what is known as a 'hanging valley'.
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Noel_Byrne (24269) 2014-06-01 7:16
As well as your images, I really enjoy reading your notes, I learn a lot about geology from them, so thank you! Its a subject I know little about, but do enjoy, so its always a pleasure to read a description and then see a perfectly captured example such as this.
Thanks as always
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2014-06-01 12:58
Ray, one 100% natural picture, so clear and sharp that someone can hear the fresh water running..a very beautiful contrast!!
have a great Sunday
delpeoples (53009) 2014-06-02 5:03
I like the tight framing here, the fast shutter to show the power of the water. The textures and graphism of the rocks are made even more dramatic by the tight cropping. Nice work.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
Silvio1953 (122215) 2014-06-04 13:31
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with beautiful waterfall on fantastic rocks, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio