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The sweeping view of the mountain range from the top of Mt. Hoffmann was beyond impressive. Although it was not extremely tall, it was the highest point at the elevation of 10,856 feet in this part of Yosemite National Park, so it provided a great vantage point for us to be able to pick out the tall peaks across the park. The breathtaking mountain skyscraper, slightly fading into a faint haze, consisted of the park’s 12K and 13K feet high peaks. From the left of the frame, Mt. Conness and White Mountain sat firmly. Mt. Dana, second tallest peak (13,057 ft), loomed (slightly off centered to the left). Among the slew of jagged peaks close to the right of the frame, Mt. Lyell, tallest peak (13,114 ft), prominently rose. And to its right, the conspicuous Mt. Florence also sat while claiming its tenth tall peak title in the park. Close to us, the unmistakable Cathedral Peak (exactly centered, right below the skyscraper) sat before the hazy layer of mountains. To its right, Tenaya Peak and its slanted ridgeline sloped down to Tenaya Lake. And below us the blue water May Lake rested.

Yosemite National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 35mm / 1/100 sec at ƒ/13 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/26/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


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