"The body of the Cathedral is nearly square, and the roof slopes are wonderfully regular and symmetrical, the ridge trending northeast and southwest. This direction has apparently been determined by structure joints in the granite. The gable on the northeast end is magnificent in size and simplicity, and at its base there is a big snow-bank protected by the shadow of the building. The front is adorned with many pinnacles and a tall spire of curious workmanship. Here too the joints in the rock are seen to have played an important part in determining their forms and size and general arrangement. The Cathedral is said to be about eleven thousand feet above the sea, but the height of the building itself above the level of the ridge it stands on is about fifteen hundred feet. A mile or so to the westward there is a handsome lake (Tenaya Lake), and the glacier polished granite about it is shining so brightly it is not easy in some places to trace Front of Cathedral Peak the line between the rock and water, both shining alike."
--- JOHN MUIR - "My First Summer in the Sierra"
Cathedral Peak dominates the scenery west of Tuolumne Meadows along Tioga Pass Road, Highway 120 in the Yosemite High Country.
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jemaflor (102333) 2014-05-09 8:37
Nice peaks with snow, well framed and good contrast for your presentation, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (33454) 2014-05-09 11:39
A very nice sensation of height here, and as mentioned a great contrast in the scene too. The two peaks at the top seem almost to be dancing with the way they appear intertwined. Very cool!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-05-09 20:34
Ray, so nice to see the jewel of Parks in a monochrome extravaganza...what a spectacular view of the most fascinating peak!! great image and note!!
emka (105686) 2014-05-09 23:47
Hello Ray, Again nice black and white photo from Yosemite. It looks high and wild.
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Kamilutka (8107) 2014-05-10 1:58
I like these pictures in Black and White which you recently posted. They really look like old school photos of the mountains- very much like those seen in some refugees. The trees in the foreground add plenty to the composition and frame it nicely.
Thanks for sharing