• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

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

Did You Know?

The Merced River flowing serenely through Yosemite Valley

Congress designated the Merced River as Wild and Scenic in 1987. The National Park Service manages 81 miles of the Merced River, encompassing both the main stem and the South Fork in Yosemite National Park and the El Portal Administrative Site. More...