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Morning, Near Olmsted Point | by G Dan Mitchell
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Morning, Near Olmsted Point

Morning, Near Olmsted Point. Yosemite National Park, California. July 28, 2011. © Copyright 2011 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Morning light on granite and sparse trees near Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park


This is another photograph from 2011 on a late-July trip to the Yosemite high country along Tioga Pass Road. The photo was made in morning light in the general area of Olmsted Point, where a series of granite domes and ridges lines up roughly parallel to Tenaya Canyon and in the morning the brightly back-lit haze can create a sense of spatial depth and mute the details of the formations further away.


I suppose that backlit trees like this one are a bit of a theme for me - yet another Sierra subject I cannot resist photographing! The central tree is, obviously, just one of many thousands of trees right here but since it was the closest one it served as my subject. The tree is set in granite slabs topped with glacial erratics left behind when the last glaciation ended, and the slabs are mostly very solid, making the it all the more amazing that such a large and upright tree can grow here. Another ridge rises in the middle distance, and beyond it yet another ridge whose details are nearly invisible in the morning light.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on July 28, 2011