Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Under the Volcano: Changing the Emphasis -Part 8

Silver Strand Falls is another victim of people looking the wrong direction from a spectacular view point in Yosemite Valley. It is tucked high in the cliffs above the Wawona Tunnel View (Standing Underneath Volcanoes) on the south side of the valley. The falls are around 600 feet tall, and spill over a cliff of Taft granite, a fine- to coarse-grained white to gray biotite granite that is locally porphyritic with phenocrysts of potassium feldspar. The rock was intruded about 96 million years ago.

Looking through my files, I found only three pictures of the falls, and all were wintertime shots when the falls were frozen. I am also guilty of ignoring them!