What does Yosemite Falls look like right now? Now, you can find out in a few clicks by visiting the new webcam on the Yosemite Conservancy website. The view is taken from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, and shows Upper Yosemite Fall in all its glory. In this screen capture, taken this morning you can also see in the lower center part of the image, the top of a flowering dogwood tree, a favorite springtime subject for many Yosemite photographers.
Because it is fed with snow-melt from the previous winter, the amount of water in upper and lower Yosemite Falls changes dramatically depending on the temperature and how much snow is left at higher elevations. So, the view from this webcam will range from revealing thundering falls in the spring months, to barely a trickle in fall. In the winter, freezing temperatures leave a delicate tracery of ice along the edges of the fall.
You can also enjoy other webcam images from Yosemite on Yosemite Conservancy’s website, including views of El Capitan, Half Dome and the High Sierra beyond Half Dome. The Yosemite Conservancy is a non-profit organization that supports the park on many fronts including providing funding for important park projects, publications, webcams and a video series on the park called Yosemite Nature Notes.