Golden Water

Water just fascinates me… Like a dancing flame consuming precious oxygen it seems to have a life and mind of its own. An unconquerable spirit… it flows where it wants to so long as gravity gives it permission. My eyes have seen its handiwork in the Slot Canyons of the Southwest where its power and ageless flow carved the earth in ways only the imagination could capture. In Yosemite, water acts like a big reflector, and when the sun is high enough in the sky, it acts like a big mirror bouncing light all over the place.

At the base of Bridalveil Falls where the water cascades away, it captures and holds the brilliant tan/gold hue of El Capitan’s face about a 1/4 mile or so away. Now El Cap is a huge hunk of granite, mind you, and I mean HUGE. So as the sun rises and the light bounces everywhere, the rivers, streams and ponds catch it and reflect it in many ways; some placidly reflect the scene above in perfect clarity, others twist it and turn it as their rapids distort and delightfully play with the light.

Literally where I was standing it seemed the water turns liquid gold before your eyes. It’s easy to just watch it. Watch it rush away. Watch the colors change from light to dark, from soft to hard, from brilliant to more brilliant depending on the shadows of the trees, clouds and intensity of the suns rays. Here in a quiet corner of this forest, nature is at work. And she never fails to disappoint.

This is one of those places that I know I’ll return to again… someday. I just know I will… to see if the gold water still runs as brilliant as it did for me this day.


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    […] Golden Water Water just fascinates me… Like a dancing flame consuming precious oxygen it seems to have a life and mind of its own. An unconquerable spirit… it flows where it wants to so long as gravity gives it permission. My eyes have seen its handiwork in the Slot Canyons of the Southwest where its power and […] […]

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