Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Yosemite National Park is known the world over and really needs no introduction. Thousands of people fly over the park every day but few see it or recognize it if they are looking. Yosemite is quite spectacular from the air, as clearly shown below.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, shown near the bottom of this post, was a near twin of Yosemite Valley until it was dammed up in the early part of the 20th century to provide storage for a water supply primarily for use by San Francisco.

More information about Yosemite National Park [wikipedia].
More information about Hetch Hetchy [wikipedia].

2017 Half Dome poking through the cloud lake filling Yosemite Valley

October 2013 Half Dome

October 2013 El Capitan

March 2011, El Capitan illuminated in the late afternoon light

Yosemite valley and El Capitan peeking out from beneath the clouds.

Yosemite Valley, Half Dome at right.

Half Dome at upper right.

Close shot of Half Dome.

Stereogram of Half Dome and vicinity.
Click to enlarge; cross eyes to converge the two images to appear as three.
3-d effect will appear in the middle. Be patient - this gets easier with experience.
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Upper El Capitan brightly illuminated in the late afternoon sunshine. Upper Yosemite Falls can be seen in shadow above and to the right of El Capitan (click to enlarge).

El Capitan stands out in the foreground. To its lower right, and clearly visible during one of the rare times when it's actually illuminated in direct sunshine is Bridal Veil Fall. Half Dome towers over the upper-right corner of the image; below and to its right, in shadow, can be seen Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. Even Upper Yosemite Falls can be seen (barely visible in shadow) in this shot, up and to the left of El Capitan.
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Wide shot of Yosemite; El Capitan in lower-left quadrant and Half Dome in upper right. The telltale vertical white line of Upper Yosemite Falls can be clearly seen to the upper right of El Capitan. Mono Lake appears in the upper-right corner of the image.

Close shot of El Capitan.
Optical distortion visible at the bottom of the image is caused by the aircraft window.

Yosemite in the summer heat.

Upper Yosemite Falls can just barely be discerned just left of the center of this image.
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El Capitan and a good portion of the valley are visible in this view.

Same shot, different day...
Shadows of the late afternoon obscure much of the valley.

Half Dome casts its late afternoon shadow over the trees beyond.

January 2009, El Capitan.

A closer crop of El Capitan.

January 2009, Half Dome.

And a closer crop of Half Dome.

Snow-capped El Capitan peeking out from beneath the clouds.

May 2009, stitched from 4 images. The falls are all in sunlight.

May 2009, more falls in sunlight.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Behind O'Shaughnessy Dam

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Behind O'Shaughnessy Dam, another angle


Mircea said...

Man ...I love your pics. How long did it take you to get them ...? Through years ? What camera did you used ?
Cheers hope i can find out ..i have a job.

The Eye said...

These were taken over a period of years from commercial flights between the Los Angeles area and Seattle.

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