Monday, January 28, 2013

El Capitan - Yosemite National Park

Honey! Stop the car! I just saw the most incredible view. We were on a one way road in Yosemite and I happened to look behind us. We had to drive halfway around the valley floor and come back to this spot to get this picture. As I set up the tripod and got everything ready, I could hear cars pulling up, doors slamming and whispered comments. After I got this picture, a bunch of other photographers scrambled to take my place. It was only after I got back to the hotel and got a chance to really look at what I had taken that I realized this was the iconic Ansel Adams photo spot. He took several photos here with snow on the rocks and mist in the valley. I feel a little sheepish now including this view. I feel a little like I stole it from the Master and portrayed it as my own. I can't help but wonder what it must have been like the first time someone with a camera came upon this spot. I find myself wishing I could return evening after evening in all kinds of weather and season just to see the varying stages of beauty. Can't do that and hold down a job. Maybe I need to consider quitting my job? Hmmm....

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