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A cresent moon rises above the Merced

Predawn, Merced

Luna rises amongst a young aspen grove from the frigid and snowless banks of a December Merced. I waited for sunrise to blush the face of El Capitan on the opposite bank. This near the solstice, it was long after sunrise before the sun breached the canyon's eastern ramparts, which left me plenty of time to admire the scenery.

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Taken on December 19, 2011