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Framed by tree branches in Cook's Meadow, Half Dome glows just before sundown in the Yosemite Valley while the moon rises in the east on a cool spring evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A dogwood bud emerges from a winter nap near the Merced River and the Pohono Bridge in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The brightly-colored blossoms of the redbud tree sway among the grasses off Highway 140 near El Portal, just a few miles outside the gates of Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Deer graze on the emerging grasses in Cook's Meadow in the Yosemite Valley while visitors watch from a distance.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

An acorn woodpecker sits atop a tree stump near Cook's Meadow, with the water from lower Yosemite Fall providing the background.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Half Dome glows just before sundown in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The moon rises over the tree line above the Yosemite Valley on a cool spring evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

An American robin looks for breakfast among the dead and emerging grasses of early spring in Cook's Meadow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A water droplet clings to a blade of grass making an early spring appearance in Yosemite's Cook's Meadow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Water flows over the rocks in Bridalveil Creek in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Fed by melting snow in the high country, water cascades down Bridalveil Falls in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Visitors to the park stop to look, photograph and enjoy the light and scenery of the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Life continues in the Yosemite Valley, with a pine sapling growing through the dead needles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Visitors snap photos of themselves near the spray of Lower Yosemite Falls in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Upper Yosemite Falls is in spring form, with water cascading below while jets trails and clouds fill the evening skies above the Yosemite Valley,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A cone from one of the conifers in the park is surrounded by fresh spring growth along the trail to Lower Yosemite Falls in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

They may look colorful and pretty, but poison oak emerges in the spring with bright red leaves (of three) like this plant found along Highway 140 south of El Portal just outside the gates of Yosemite.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

By late March, the wildflowers haven't started to bloom inside Yosemite National Park. Visitors looking for flowers can find a variety of colors like this fiddleneck along Highway 140 near El Portal just outside the gates of Yosemite.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Bridalveil Falls and the surrounding granite provide part of the scenery in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Springtime in Yosemite Valley

By Mark Boster

With the days getting longer and the temperatures rising, the snowpack in the high country is slowly melting and the rivers and waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley are starting their annual show of splendor and might.

Carved by a glacier and smoothed by water, the mighty granite features like Half Dome and El Capitan command respect and attract visitors by the thousands.

However, the real stars of Yosemite are the avian residents who live in the nests and burrows. Now that winter is over, the birds, both migratory and permanent, are back and are providing a peaceful soundtrack that plays in perfect pitch with the rushing water from the falls and gurgling streams.

The wildflowers are still a month away from showing in the valley but are prolific along Highway 140, outside the park boundaries south of El Portal. Back in the Yosemite Valley, the famous dogwood with their delicate, white crepe-like petals are starting to show some life with small buds forming, ready for their center stage appearance in mid-May.

April and May are great for visiting the park. The crowds haven’t arrived, the water in the falls is plentiful and the meadows are starting to green up. If you decide to visit the park, bring your camera because the deer are always present, and the scenery never gets old. But don’t forget to bring your snow chains because Old Man Winter sometimes makes a surprise visit during spring, just to show who is in charge. Enjoy.

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1 Comment

  1. April 2, 2013, 7:04 pm

    That conifer cone is from a Douglas Fir (which isn’t a true fir tree).

    By: Bruno Marr

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