• 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?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.