Nevada Falls, Yosemite

Albert Bierstadt American

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At Nevada Falls in California’s Yosemite Valley, the Merced River plunges over a high ledge onto a jumble of boulders almost six hundred feet below, creating a torrent of white water and plumes of spray. Tourists were able to visit Nevada Falls by climbing a rocky trail that rose 1,840 feet in elevation from Vernal Falls, a mile and a half downstream. Bierstadt signals this possibility by portraying several sightseers, among them two women in hiking gear.

Nevada Falls, Yosemite, Albert Bierstadt (American, Solingen 1830–1902 New York), Oil on canvas, American

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