While nearing the end of an 8.9 mile Panorama Trail hike in breathtaking Yosemite, a buddy and I had to take a much needed break at Vernal Falls. We had been walking for hours on a very warm day, and unfortunately, we did not pack enough water for our journey. About the time we reached Vernal Falls I was approached by a rescue worker who noticed I was very red in the face and quite dehydrated. She gave me some cool water to drink and started pouring water over my head to cool me off. I had no idea that I was that bad off. Afterwards, we walked over to the river to cool off our legs. We sat there for a good half hour enjoying the falls and relaxing. Sitting at the rivers edge I was inspired to try to capture this intimate peaceful beauty and strength displayed before me.