Half Dome from Mirror Lake

March 23, 2013

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Photographer: Cindy Todd
Summary Author: Cindy Todd

The photo above shows famous Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California as viewed from Mirror Lake. Pleistocene glaciers sculpted Half Dome, a granitic monolith looming more than 4,700 ft (1,433 m) above the valley floor. However, glaciers didn’t cut it in two – it actually looks just about as it did when it was formed. Note the conifers straddling a ledge at center. Ponderosa pine, red fir and Jeffrey pine are best adapted for this scoured landscape. It’s about a 4 mi (6.5 km) roundtrip hike to Mirror Lake, but the trip is definitely worth the effort. Photo taken in May 2012.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS; Focal Length: 16.1mm; Aperture: f/3.5; Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320); ISO equiv: 80.