Friday, March 29, 2024

Sunrise at Yosemite's El Capitan

El Capitan Sunrise by Jeanne Selep in Yosemite National Park
Image 1: Yosemite's El Capitan

In March 2023, I had the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park in California.  Getting up early to see the sunrise, I took these photos of El Capitan, a majestic wall of granite rock that's 3000 feet high (over 900 meters).  I took this photo from across the valley floor, looking up.


Tree Silhouettes at Yosemite's El Capitan by Jeanne Selep california USA
Image 2: Tree Silhouettes at Sunrise at the base of Yosemite's El Capitan

I love the way the early morning sun warmed the usually gray rock walls with a golden glow.  A shadow line cast by neighboring rock formations made El Capitan fade to blue at the bottom, a blue which matched the cloudless sky.  The rock backdrop framing the tree's organic silhouettes created a contrast between fragile living trees and ancient solid rock.      

Yosemite's El Capitan at Sunrise by Jeanne Selep
Image 3: Yosemite's El Capitan at Sunrise

Yosemite had many notable views, which I hope to share in future posts.  There are so many places to be in the park at sunrise!  Where to go, and for how long?  I looped the valley floor, enjoying what I could find. 

El Capitan at Sunrise Yosemite National Park California by Jeanne Selep
Image 4: Yosemite's El Capitan at Sunrise

"Nature is the art of God."   - Dante


Winter is over, an spring is on it's way here.  I hope each and every one of you have a great spring!

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Melbourne Australia Photos said...

That is an awe-inspiring view of that rock! Thanks for taking part in the "My Sunday Best" meme.

Arun Goyal said...

Stunning captures of Mountain , Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

Joanne said...

These are such beautiful photos!

Veronica Lee said...

Absolutely breathtaking!
Your photos beautifully captured the majestic beauty of Yosemite's El Capitan at sunrise.

Happy Tuesday, Jeanne!

NCSue said...

Thanks for sharing at!

Jennifer Wise said...

Gorgeous photos. What an amazing place. I love that Dante quote, too! Visiting from Happy Hearts & Homes.

dee Nambiar said...

El Capitan looks great in the soft morning light. :)
Yosemite is a wonderful whatever the season/ time of the day is it not? <3 I can't get enough of this place.

Elena said...

What a beauty to behold. Yosemite is on our list of national parks to visit once our young kids are old enough to do some hiking! I love that Dante quote you mentioned; had not heard of it before, but it reminded me of a similar quote I love by Jonathan Edwards: "Nature is God's greatest evangelist".

Hopping over from My Wee Abode's link-up party.

Debra | Gma’sPhoto said...

Absolutely beautiful! Looks huge. I could not even imagine just how large!
Thank you for sharing.
Take care and best wishes.

Life Of 2 Snowbirds said...

Your photos are beautiful. I will be visiting Yosemite next year and I will definitely be visiting El Capitan and taking some pics of my own!

Tom said...

...Yosemite is a place that I haven't seen in person and perhaps never will. I thank you for showing me these sights. I'm taken by your glass garden art, what do you use to join the various pieces together? I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful week.

Suzana said...

What a special place. I'm glad that I can see here what I'll never visit.
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Happy Today and a fine weekend!❤️😘

thomas lee said...

stunning shots

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Gorgeous! I love that early morning golden light. Have you seen the movie "The Dawn Wall?" If not, I think you would really enjoy it.

Tanza Erlambang said...

great place and beautiful photos....
Thank you for sharing....

Mami Made It said...

Beautiful and imposing! Nature is the best.

Jocelyn said...

What a great place. Nice capture.

RachelSwirl said...

Such a stunning view - thanks for sharing your snapshots with #MySundaySnapshot.

Rambling Woods said...

I remember watching a movie about a guy named Alex who free climbed it with no ropes.....amazing...Michelle

Soma @ said...

Yosemite is truly an amazing place and I feel so lucky to be able to go there multiple times a year. I am so glad you got to see it.