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    Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/...ional-park.htm

    I hope the rockfall didn't screw-up the view of either the waterfall or El Cap's profile from the Merced. I have recently been thinking about going back to shoot a 4x5 of the profile for an enlargement.

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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    Here is a photo of the slide site just published by the Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...photo-14240105
    While I am not certain it appears to be directly on the waterfall's path . If that is indeed the case then future images of Horsetail Fall will be a lot different from past images.

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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    Looks like it was realtively low on El Cap -- probably will not change the Febuarys' images of the fall. Mountains move; some slow, some fast.

    May the climber RIP and a quick recover for the other.
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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    Like I said, I could be wrong but it appears to start high. Here is a image I took of it several years back when Fuji Reala first hit the market:



    Could the area of the slide coincide with where to water begins its downward path?

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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    I'll backup from my earlier post -- unsure of where it fell from. But I do not expect any significant changes in the Fall.
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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    Another rockfall, much bigger than yesterday's, just occurred in the same area: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/H...1-12236768.php

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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    Horsetail Fall is somewhat to the right of where the slabs peeled off. Judging from the long-extant talus mound at that spot, this has been going on periodically for millennia. I've been atop that steep Talus pile with a Sinar. It's pretty damn big. The news stated that just one of the flakes which peeled off this afternoon was 120 by 60 feet in area. I almost got hit by a slab of ice 60 ft wide falling from Horsetail Falls one winter. Geological processes are still alive and well, and downright sneered at a news anchor tonite who insisted that El Cap had to be engineered to be safe for visitors. Good luck with that one!

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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    The slides filled the valley with dust, according to the news. Breathing particulate granite can't be any good.
    It's a miracle more people weren't injured by those slides. One can only imagine the horror those climbers must have felt.
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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    I ran across an Ansel Adams image of Horsetail Fall in the exhibition catalog for Ansel Adams at 100:



    It appears as Plate 92 and is titled El Capitan Fall, Yosemite Valley N.D. Apparently he didn't know it as Horsetail Fall or was aware of the unusual lighting phenomenon it exhibits for a few days each year when the conditions are right. He shot this from the rear of the El Capitan parking lot where I shot mine but a little more to the right. I used a 400mm lens on a 6x7 camera (1200mm on 8x10). Note the sunlight reflecting from the notch in the main column which surely the result of an earlier calving.

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    Re: Yosemite Rockfall Along Horsetail Fall

    this looong thread has extremely detailed information and an incredible number of photos showing before and after etc..

    that the park geologist (G Stock) contributes to the thread speaks to the quality of the site.


    http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/th...4875&tn=0&mr=0
    notch codes ? where we're going, we don't need notch codes.

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