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El Capitan

El Capitan is famous for its massive bulk of largely unbroken rock and its sheer, vertical face soaring 910m into the air. This monolith is composed of a particularly durable granite, allowing it to withstand the pressures of glaciers and erosion.


The Ahwahneechee name for the rock is Tutokanula. Ahwahneechee legend tells how El Capitan was created in the time of the animal people. As two bear cubs slept on a large flat rock near the river, the rock grew until the bears scratched their faces against the moon. The mother bear called on all the animals to rescue her babies, but none succeeded until the lowly inchworm (tutokanula) crawled slowly to the top and led the cubs safely down........[Tourist information posted in the park]


El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, United States (Friday 2 Oct 2009 @ 4:04 pm)


ISO100 | f/8 | 1/100 sec | 28mm | AWB | raw | CPL


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Taken on October 2, 2009