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Half Dome and Clouds, Yosemite

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 2 December 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Given my recent venting of concerns and frustrations, I want to make sure everyone understands how much I love my "job." Honestly, photography is a job only in the sense that it's how I earn my living. In every other way, photography is just an extension of who I am. Even the opportunity to write about what I do satisfies a very important part of my creative nature.

Not only am I fortunate to make my living taking pictures, I'm also blessed to be able to spend quality time at some of the most beautiful places in the world. I make a point when I'm at these places (you should too) to pause long enough in non-photographer mode to simply appreciate what I'm seeing. In the last two months alone I've enjoyed Mt. Whitney, the ancient bristlecone pines, Mono Lake, Yosemite, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. Today I'm off to Big Sur, later this month I'll be in Rocky Mountain National Park, and next month it'll be Death Valley. That's entire lifetime of scenery for some people.

Not only that, when I'm not cavorting about photographing world-class scenery, I'm at home, which is a pretty nice place to be too. So when you hear me grumble about photographic frustrations, don't feel too sorry for me.

Just a few words about today's picture. In October I led a workshop group to Yosemite's mirror lake. On my way to the lake I detoured into the woods surrounding Tenaya Creek and ( long story short) fell in the creek, spraining my ankle. Fortunately the trail to the lake is a service road open to park employees and people with "handicapped" plates, and we had somebody in our group at the lake with a handicapped plate. I was also fortunate to have a cell signal. As I waited (in a light rain) to be "rescued," I looked up to see Half Dome partially shrouded by clouds. I couldn't resist setting up my tripod and hobbling to an opening in the trees to fire off this shot.

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful autumn shot

2 Dec 2009 5:43am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

It is a beautiful image, with fantastic colors/tones,. The clouds gives a nice mood to the image.

2 Dec 2009 9:07am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Always the photographer ;)

2 Dec 2009 2:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous muted colors. The entire scene wreaks of autumn.

2 Dec 2009 5:06pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack. While it doesn't rival New England, the fall color in Yosemite is underrated.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States


2 Dec 2009 5:07pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Gary, thanks for the narrative....sorrry about the ankle....but the photo is unbelievable!

3 Dec 2009 1:39am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Picture perfect. The clouds around Half Dome just make the image !!!

3 Dec 2009 6:48am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


31 Dec 2009 7:11am