Dance of Water and Light
“Waterfalls represent life,” said Stephen Lyman. “Water, in the Native American tradition, is the blood of Mother Earth. All the rivers and creeks are veins. It’s the liquid that makes everything alive. And, of course, everything that is alive has water in it.”
“Rainbows are very spiritual and very magical. They are light and beautiful. You can never walk up to a rainbow. You can never get close to it, but you can always see it in a waterfall, appearing and disappearing. It’s another symbol of the spiritual. It’s the tangible and the ethereal, all in one image.”
Vernal Falls is the most visited waterfall in Yosemite. It’s spectacular and wonderful and there are rainbows in all waterfalls but this one is particularly famous for its rainbows. They are very bright and intense. Because of the waterfall’s easy access gives so many the ability to enjoy its spectacular displays, Yosemite’s Vernal Falls had a special place in Stephen Lyman’s heart.