from human-made towers in asia to earth-made peaks in california, half-dome presents a unique form of skyscraper. there is no elevator that will wisk you up to the top of this rock. in its place there is a make-shift ladder consisting of precarious two by four’s and stringy steel cables anchored to the rock. the flimsy cables defy you to brave up to the climb. breathtaking panoramic views open up in every direction, as if you needed any more breath taken out of you. if you look closely, you will notice this “ladder” and a few brave souls in the climb. after hours of hiking up to the base of this mammoth rock, a pile of gloves from past curteous climbers greets you at the start of the climb. stacked flat rock sculptures and elated people welcome you at the top, not to mention one of the greatest feelings of exhaustion and satisfaction.
words are not very useful at a place as breathtaking as yosemite. three times i have visited this magnificent place so far. one in summer, one in fall, one in winter. each visit has been completely different and capturing in its own particular ways. seeing hare and fox paws leaving their print in the snow, feeling the wind and water emanating from the roar of a gigantic waterfall, observing the patterns and colors, cracks and crevices etched in the stone. the observations, memories and recollections are endless. this shot is capturing that same fall that at one point is deafening in its size and force, but at this time is just a trickle of water in comparison, revealing the stone and its beautiful marks, where only water was visible before.