Monday, February 27, 2012

Yosemite: Half Dome

Yosemite Half Dome trees

One of the iconic landmarks of Yosemite is Half Dome. This granite rock formation rises nearly 5,000 feet above the valley floor.

Photography is often about being in the right place at the right time. This trip, we were often in the right place, but the right time—late afternoon, on a clear day—was a challenge. The picture above was taken from Mirror Lake, a little before noon. From this vantage point, you look almost straight up at to the Dome. I don't remember ever being this close before, and that awesome wall of granite took on a whole new appearance. I was amazed by this line of trees that isn't visible from the more traditional views.

By the time we went out again, in what should have been the perfect before-sunset light, the clouds had rolled in and everything was gray and foggy. But I want you to see what Half Dome can look like at sunset, so I'm cheating a bit, and showing you a picture from a few years ago, also taken in February, just after a snowstorm.

Yosemite Half Dome at sunset

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