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Pywiack Dome, Tenaya Creek in Flood | by G Dan Mitchell
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Pywiack Dome, Tenaya Creek in Flood

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Pywiack Dome, Tenaya Creek in Flood. Yosemite National Park, California. June 19, 2011. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Pywiack Dome towers above Tenaya Creek as it floods surrounding meadows with spring snow melt, Yosemite National Park.


This little spot between Pywiack Dome and Tenaya Lake has interested me for some time. Driving past, I've been intrigued by the dome itself (of course!) but also by the small meadow below it where Tenaya Creek winds through a mixture of forest and meadow, and from which the outlet of Cathedral Lake is visible if you know just where to look. In the past, I've wandered about in this meadow a bit, trying to photograph lush growth of corn lily plants early in the season.


On this visit, as I drove by on the first day, I was struck by the amount of water flowing here - what I'm used to seeing as a meadow with a stream winding through it was filled from edge to edge with rushing water from snowmelt-swollen Tenaya Creek. I made a mental note to try to come back here the following morning when I thought that light might be interesting. And that's just what I did on the second day of this visit during the weekend when the pass opened.


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Taken on June 19, 2011