Yosemite National Park - Robert Carter Photography

Hailstorm Over Tuolumne Meadows

While visiting Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, I saw these huge storm clouds over Tuolumne Meadows while some blue skies are still to be seen at left portion of the image. I could not resist making the clouds more of a part of a picture with the ridge face in the foreground and Yosemite Falls in the middle-ground. When we later returned to Yosemite Valley, all the talk at the restaurant was about the horrible hailstorm that had struck Tuolumne Meadows. For size reference, the roof of the Empire State Building is 1250 feet high (1454 with its antenna spire), while Yosemite Falls tumbles from a height of 2425 feet, 1000 feet higher. Even from miles away in this image with Tuolumne Meadows in the background, you can get a good idea of just how tall Yosemite Falls is. (2014)

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