Fern Spring

Fern Spring

Along Southside Drive that carries 90% of vehicle traffic through Yosemite Valley is a turnout for about four cars.  The sign for Fern Spring is small, like it was meant for hikers more than car/bus passengers, but it provides a quiet respite from the crowds.

Nothing special about it compared to the giant waterfalls cascading all around the Valley. The small stream, fed by snow melt, trickles over the rocks into a small basin not much larger than a wading pool.  While I was there, a young lady pulled up, jumped out of her car and filled up her canteen.  I asked her if she was aware of the Park warnings about the potential bacteria in the local water.  Turned out she was a microbiologist for the Park Service and has filled her canteen at Fern Spring every day for the last three years.  Like sharing a secret with me, she said this is one of only three places in the park that is free of the harmful bacteria, the other two being in the back country.

Huh, you learn something every day.

Thought for the Day:  When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.                                                                                                                                           Ben Franklin

Advertisements

About Larry's blog

THINGS I LOVE: Family, Friends, Photography and College Football. THINGS I LIKE: reading, sports,travel, straight shooters, sense of humor, hand-crafted beers, nature, golf, organization, my wife's cooking, the USA, movies of all types except sci-fi, blueberries, National Parks, music (especially light jazz)of all types except opera and rap, licorice, punctuality,woodworking, dogs and clean underwear.
This entry was posted in Photojournalism, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s