Incredible rainbow at the base of Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park

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Rainbow is only seen in late afternoon when the water is high or the wind is strong enough to cause a fine mist. Definitely one of the most beautiful sights in Yosemite National Park. Shot from the Tunnel View on Wawona Road/Highway 41.

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Comments (9)

Rebekah (formerly la… on June 5, 2010

A Rainbow Explosion, great catch!

danimero on June 6, 2010

Amazing, fantastic and impressive landscape

Best of

Greetings, Daniel

Graham Hobbs on June 8, 2010

beauty :)


InstinctImages on June 13, 2010

Thanks for your comments labelmom, Daniel, and Graham! I was fortunate to have such incredible weather and this rainbow was an unexpected bonus! I have more rainbow shots from another nearby waterfall I'll be posting shortly.

Thanks for your comments and of course the Best Of vote!


T NL on June 20, 2010

This is superb Bill, what a rainbow! And a very beautiful landscape as well.

Looking forward to seeing the other rainbow shots. :)

Cheers, Tomas

davidcmc58 on July 7, 2010

My vote for this very beautiful capture of Bridalveil and the Cathedral rocks. The rainbow is absolutely gorgeous! Best regards, David

juncujuncu on November 6, 2010

Great shot

Beautiful picture.

I like it!

Greetings, juncujuncu

Chip Stephan on June 17, 2011

Very nice composition. I like the clouds above the Cathedral Rocks and Sentinel Dome, and the golden light on the cliff faces. I'm in Yosemite a lot, and I've never seen a rainbow at the base of Bridalveil Fall. But then, I'm usually on my way home by 2:00 in the afternoon. I'll have to start staying longer to catch the afternoon light.

InstinctImages on June 17, 2011

Chip, I had never seen a rainbow like this one before! To catch it you need a good amount of water flowing with lots of spray and of course a relatively low sun angle. The rainbow started out barely visible at the base of the falls and slowly moved up. Pretty cool to watch.

There are a couple of b&w shots of the valley taken on the same day in my portfolio and the clouds are what really set them apart from the typical valley view.

Thanks for your comment!

Also thank you to everyone else for your comments and the Likes!







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  • Uploaded on June 5, 2010
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    by InstinctImages
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 73.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.798
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash