Thursday, November 5, 2009

Skywatch Friday No. 69: Half dome of Yosemite

Half Dome is the quite essential element of Yosemite. It symbolizes the National Park and can be seen almost at any location inside the valley. However, the best place to view this amazing giant boulder (or half of a boulder) is from the Glacial Point where we come almost at eye level with it. But getting to the Glacial Point is only half of the story, the other half is getting there at the right time. The view is most dramatic during the sunset of a clear day. The first picture was taken just before the sunset.

This one was taken during the sunset. The whole dome was bath in the golden light, but it lasted only a few minutes.

This one was taken after the sunset. You can still see some sparkles of golden light on the rock.

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18 comments:

Jay said...

I spent a lot of time trying for sunset shots of the rocks in Utah recently. Got quite a few, too, but as you say, the golden light lasts only a few minutes. It's magical, though, isn't it?

Your pictures are very lovely. The sunset one is gorgeous, naturally, but I also love the post-sunset one. Quite eerie, but beautiful, too.

Quilt Works said...

Excellent! The last one is my favorite, dusk is the best time to take photos. My photo for today's skywatch is also at dusk

Eaglesbrother said...

Beautiful Blue Sky...no clouds but the sun sets fast in the mountains..glad you captured the good light before it dissapeared.

Elisabeth said...

What an interesting series...you got there at the right time. Nice captures.

Sylvia K said...

Grace and Bradley,

Fabulous series of shots and all are absolutely gorgeous!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Lene said...

Wow!!! Amazing :) So you went to the mountain this Sky Watch Friday - just like me. I wich to visit your mountains to some day. Wonderful shots :)

I wish for a great montain for the to of you :)

Karen said...

Very cool sequence of sahots, of the dome. I really like that second one, where it's all lit up..

Gwendolyn said...

This is a lovely set of pictures. I like how you showed the changes with the change in light. Thanks for sharing.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Incredible series of photographs. I have learned that sunset pictures are all about the now.

eileeninmd said...

Great light on Halfdome. Amazing scenery and sky photos.

Carol said...

Marvelous light! Three gorgeous photos...I really like the last shot...

rhoen said...

clear skies...we are missing that here in the philippines!

J Bar said...

Great seeing those contrasts.
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Hildred and Charles said...

Awe inspiring, - marvelous colours.

Arija said...

Oh so beautiful, I love the first and thirs shots because the grain of the rosk shows up so well. The sunset is splendid too.

Glennis said...

Amazing colour changes, I like the last photo best too.

Japa said...

Wow! Breathtaking views captured here.

Dhemz said...

wow...would love to go back over there....:)

very well captured....awesome shots! mine is up too...:)

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