Spring can be full of surprises, as it should be during a time of awakening. After another winter with very little snow in the Sierra Nevada, doubt had set in concerning wildflower and waterfall season. No snow in the mountains equals no water in the valleys below and no water can equal no spring blossoms with short-lived waterfalls. But Mother Nature is ever unpredictable and she rewarded our lack of winter with a spectacular spring wildflower show. In March, we camped at Eureka Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park during the bloom for the first time ever. In April, Mom came for a spring visit after I asked, "Wildflowers or waterfalls?" Both were spectacular. And the waterfalls are pretty good, too.
Slideshow #1: Yosemite and the Merced River Canyon
Slideshow #2: Death Valley National Park