Photographer's Note

Lower Yosemite Falls view point and bridge is a short walk from near Yosemite Lodge. In winter be careful for the path is icy.

Nearby before the whiteman, the Ahwahneechee had their main Yosemite Valley village. They called Yosemite Waterfall, "Cholock" meaing simply "the fall". Their legend tells of the plunge pool at the base of the fall being inhabitated by "Poloti", the spirits of witches. An Ahwahneechee woman going to the pool to fetch water, instead drew out a pail of snakes. Later that night, because of the woman's trespassing into the spirits territory, they caused her house to be sucked into the pool by a powerful wind, taking the woman and her newborn baby to destruction.

Anyone visiting the lower falls in spring when the water is blasting across the boulders and a wind drenching, can attest to its power.

However, unless we get a lot of snow in Yosemite's mountains, the waterfalls will be dry before summer. California is experiencing its driest winter ever.

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