Yosemite Falls


Yosemite Valley, California, United States of America



Although this image shows just one waterfall, Yosemite Falls is made up of three waterfalls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1430 ft), the middle cascades (675 ft) and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft). Totaling 2425 ft, Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America with its flow peaking in May. This photo is of Lower Yosemite Fall.


At the base of the Yosemite Falls is the main village of the native Ahwahneechee people. They call the waterfall Cholock, meaning 'the fall', and their folklore tells of a woman who drew a bucket of snakes from the plunge pool at the bottom. The pool is said to be inhabited by spirits called Poloti, who caused the woman's house to be sucked into the pool that same night.