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For the past 40 years, Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most have been visiting Yosemite in the spring. But this year, they report, is unlike any other due to the amount of water, not just in the form of raging waterfalls but the flooded valley floor. (And no, the top photo is not upside down! It’s a watery reflection.)

“The amount of water was astounding,” reports Timi. “An interesting fact, we were standing on a bridge with some rangers, the water was rushing below us quite close to the bridge. Meadows and trails were flooded around us.

“The rangers said by 9:00 or 10:00 pm the bridge we were standing on would be a foot underwater. Nine hours after the warmest part of the day up high in the Sierras, the melted snow hits the valley floor increasing the amount of water everywhere.”

Adds Robb: “The main thought about the water compared to another year when there was a lot of water was that there was much more water flooding the valley but less water coming off the walls. Usually there are a lot of little waterfalls pouring over the walls. Perhaps the snow near the walls had melted, and this was more from back country away from the wall.”

Robb captured a tree stuck in a bridge with two rangers taking notice. “It was amazing — this huge bulb of roots with the trunk swinging back and forth pointing downstream. It will be a long time before the water goes low enough to unstick the tree.”

There was a three hour traffic jam to get to Yosemite Lodge so Robb and Timi parked at the Swinging Bridge lot to walk over and come back after dinner [They are building a roundabout and Sentinal Bridge is closed]. “We tried the trail across the meadow but the meadow was flooded up to your knees. This would kill the Segway Timi uses.

“We took another bridge further east. We talked to the ranger, and she said that about 2:00 am when the melt comes down to the valley that Swinging Bridge would be a foot under water! There was a lot of water flooding the valley. When we got back after dinner to pick up the car and drive to the Lodge, the meadow water was up to people’s chests!”

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017. Top photo: Half Dome reflected in the water-filled meadow; upper right: Timi in front of the classic shot of upper and lower Yosemite Falls; bottom right: tree trunk stuck at a bridge; second from bottom: trees and El Capitan reflected in flooded meadow; bottom: water flowing down from Bridal Veil falls

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Exploring San Francisco’s Embarcadero with my iPhone

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I often meet up with my friend Doug Kaye for a couple of hours of street photography in San Francisco. We often meet  at San Francisco’s Ferry Building and head out from there along San Francisco’s Embarcadero towards Pier 24 (which is directly under where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge heads out over the Bay). […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg cast her lens on Hawaii

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery this May. You can meet her in person at a reception on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit, titled “The Colors of Hawaii,” features landscapes and seascapes, as well as floral and wildlife […]

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Betsy Sergeant Snow captures the wildflower glory at Carrizo Plain on spring break trip

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Followers of San Francisco Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stienstra got tipped off about the great wildflower display going on at the Carrizo Plain National Monument in southeastern San Joaquin County in last Sunday’s paper. The Los Angeles Times also weighed in: “The Valley floor has endless expanses of yellows and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips and […]

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Photographing the fish of San Francisco Bay

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most volunteers for Baykeeper, which has been advocating for the health of San Francisco Bay since 1989. The organization needed photos of fish, and Robb asked Pietro Parravano, who brings fish weekly to the Menlo Park Farmers Market, how he should go about getting the photos. Pietro suggest signing up for a trip […]

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Alan McGee’s photographs examine landscape as metaphor

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Need some winter cheer? Check out these rain-soaked blooms in Menlo Park

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What’s that? Blue sky and sunshine overhead? Yes, it does feel that it’s been raining forever in Menlo Park. In particular, that was some deluge that started mid-afternoon yesterday and lasted into the early evening. Then came the gusty winds overnight. Reported InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ at 7:30 am this morning: “28.5” is my season total. That […]

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Rain turns Damiani Creek into a rolling, boiling torrent

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We may be blessed with several days of dry conditions, but InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the result of the long rainy period when he ventured out to Portola Valley last Sunday and parked along Alpine Road, which runs adjacent to Damiani Creek. We feature a number of his photographs, including a very wet […]

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Barry Fleisher’s hospital construction photo is honored

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We got an update from Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher: “I’ve been photographing the construction progress of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for almost three years. As part of that body of work, I submitted photographs to the 2016 annual construction photography contest sponsored by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a construction trade periodical. “This […]

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Capture winter scenes of Yosemite easily on an iPhone

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On a visit to Yosemite last week, I had some good photography fun. While I had packed my “big” camera (a Fujifilm X-Pro2 with an 18-55 mm zoom lens), it stayed in my camera bag the whole time we were there. I opted instead to go “nimble” and to take photos exclusively with the camera in […]

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More on the mushrooms popping up all over Menlo Park

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We heard from Menlo Park resident Eric Sabelman who discovered black mushrooms in his yard last year: “The black mushrooms of last February have not re-appeared as yet, but there seems to be a bounty of different fungi enjoying our recent wet weather. I haven’t had time to research what species these are. “The photo with […]

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