Photographer's Note

Ahwaneechee legend:
"There was a young Ahwaneechee girl who was drawn by a Bridalveil Fall rainbow. As she got closer, a gust of mist came up, and she was suddenly dragged into the falls by the Pohono Spirit (the Lady of the Water) who lived inside the falls. Her friend ran back to the camp and brought rescuers to the Falls, but the girl was nowhere to be found."

This "cautionary tale" is good advice for current day visitors to Bridalveil. In a normal spring, the falls can be pounding the rocks at the bottom, sending up huge volumes of mist, soaking everything in sight. And there is a guard rail and warning sign to stay back due to the dangerous slippery rocks. If you see the rainbow, view from a safe distance.

This image was made after a February storm. The falls are gentle because the snow has not started melting from future warmer months. And Pohono is sleeping...

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