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...by using a digital camera in the Yosemite Valley, when it really should have been sheet film...

One thing is clear, that Yosemite's stone grandeur is so magnificent, it's impossible to do any justice in any photograph - you need to be there, breathing that clear mountain air, hearing the squawking of the blue jays, the rush of the water, the wind in the redwoods and pines, seeing those immense masses of impermeable granite looming out from a pastel blue winter sky (for while it may be High Spring in the Bay it is still Winter up in the Sierra Nevada)...

But still, we must share these frail electronic images of solid mountains with the world, for they are poetry writ large in the slow ballet of tectonics and the subtle finger of erosion.

Entering Yosemite, we meet the Bridalveil Falls, and are drenched in their icy spray.

The Bridalveil Falls

Across the valley looms the rock face of my climbing dreams, El Capitan, sheer granite reaching to the sky.

El Capitan

Looking through the woods, and the 2000 foot tumble of Yosemite Falls shines white on the solid stone wall of the valley.

Yosemite Falls

There are giants around us, stone and snow.

Yosemite Valley, looking west

Another climber's dream, Half Dome, cleaves the clouds from the sky.

Half Dome

In the woods, the slow decay of the wood, and the rushing power of the water, released from the highland snow.

The woods and the water

As day ends, the falls crash and tumble from their gentle valley, falling endlessly to earth.

Yosemite Falls

Sunset paints vast stained glass windows on the Cathedral.

The Cathedral

Spread out in twilight, the valley looks east to the last of the sun on the slopes of Clouds Rest.

Yosemite from the Tunnel View, at sunset

Be warned - there are largish images herein, a mix of 640 x 480 and 640 x 853 shots, taken on Saturday March 1st in the Yosemite Valley, using a Canon S40 4MPixel digital camera - so they have been edited down from the originals.


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Mar. 9th, 2003 04:27 pm (UTC)
Mea culpa. For some reason I cross-referenced him with the earlier photographers. I've corrected the body now!
Mar. 9th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC)
Wow! The falls were really going! I haven't seen them that full in ages. Great pictures, took me right there. :-)n
Mar. 10th, 2003 02:10 am (UTC)
am awed (and envious!)
Mar. 14th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
AOL! 8¬(
Mar. 14th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
what on earth are you on about, dear? Is this some form of yoof-speke?
Mar. 14th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
"AOL" usually means "me too", as that's all the original AOL fol on Usenet ever seemed to say...
Mar. 16th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
Precisely so, as m'learnèd friend says. And the “:¬(” denotes my feelings of sad envy...
Mar. 10th, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
finally got her. These pix are pretty damn impressive for digital! Def transportive!

miss you guys!
Mar. 11th, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC)
Great pics!

My Boss has climbed Half Dome and El Capitan. He celebrated his 53rd birthday whilst climbing Half Dome.

He's a wiry little bugger...
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