Sunday, March 9, 2014
Viewing Half Dome from the Great Valley
It's not easy to see. Half Dome towers over Yosemite Valley by about 4,000 feet, but the orientation of Yosemite Valley and even the curvature of the Earth make it a challenge unless one knows exactly what to look for. The intervening foothills block the view from most directions. It is only a narrow part of the valley that is framed by the Merced River canyon allows the dome to be seen. In the establishment shot above, nothing is visible. One has to go to the zoom.
I got a clearer shot a few years ago (look below). Even at that, the issue of visibility from the valley has been an occasional tempest in a teapot, with a few folks arguing that such a view was impossible, and that someone had been photoshopping. Great idea, but beyond my skills!
UPDATE (3/10):Went to Turlock today after a half inch of rain overnight. The pictures I took today show more convincing details, including the top of El Capitan. See below:
And here is the annotated version with the top of El Capitan added.