Check out this strange picture. At first glance, it looks like a fake, as if someone has edited out the waterfall. It's the real deal though, Yosemite Falls has dried up this summer. The story appeared in the Modesto Bee this week:
The winter's stingy snowpack, 24 percent of normal by the end of April, set the stage for the thirsty summer. Waterfalls in Yosemite Valley peaked in mid-April, six weeks earlier than usual. The fire season was declared a month early.
The dry falls seem out of place, but the real problem is what the dry falls represent - fire hazard. Yosemite National Park spokesperson Adrienne Freeman had this to say about the fire situation in the park, "the fire danger remains to be seen; it depends a lot on the weather. We're ready. We will react quickly and strongly. But this ecosystem needs naturally caused fires, just like it needs rain and snow. Fire is a natural process."
(photo discovered via Yosemite Blog)