Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dry Tuolumne Meadows before the first snow

Dry dry dry at Tuolumne Meadows in the Yosemite high country last weekend, just before the first storm brought in the fall season's first real snow.

Over 8500 feet and dry dry dry dry dry.

It was too easy to walk around. Meadows that should have been boggy were easy to walk. Fords that should have been difficult weren't.

The flat stone bottom of Delaney Creek was dry dry dry I mean bone dry. On the map linked above, that's the very straight creek running into the Tuolumne River northwest of Soda Springs. This is how Delaney Creek looked last Saturday.


There were fish in this puddle in the bed of the Tuolumne River. Frantic scared tiny little fish.
(You can click to enlarge but the fish are hard to see. Best look at them is in the upper left end of the puddle. BTW Joel gets credit for this photo and the next one.)

Algae bloom in a backwater here. Looking at the full width of the Tuolumne River toward the west end of the meadows.







And this is where the river flows out of the meadows. It's where the rapids ought to begin.


So, OK, October gets dry up there. But the weather is messed up.

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