Meadow Photo Series

Meadows in the Sierra Nevada typically go through five hydrologic stages driven by snowmelt. View a photo timeline of Tuolumne Meadows: snowmelt, flooding, inundation, growing season, and drying season.

Snow-covered landscape

Stage 1: Snomelt

Photos from Steven Loheide

Areas of flooding show in meadow landscape

Stage 2: Flooding

Water covers the meadow landscape

Stage 3: Water Flow Inundation

Green vegetation covers meadow landscape

Stage 4: Growing Season

Vegetation begins to dry out in meadow landscape

Stage 5: Drying Season

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