Yosemite Valley's El Capitan is one of earth's highest monoliths at 900 meters. Composed almost entirely of granite emplaced about 100 million years ago. Then carved by glacial action like most of Yosemite Valley, about one million years ago.
In 1851 the Mariposa Battalion pursuing Native Americans to punish them for rading John Savage's trading post 10 miles west of the Valley, named the monolith "El Capitan". Which is a loose Spanish translation for the Native American name "To-tock-ah-noo-lah", meaning "rock chief".
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claudeD (35441) 2014-01-17 9:32
impressive mountain view from Yosemite valley. Dust is adding something mystical to your shot. I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
nikkitta (16758) 2014-01-17 12:08
Like this upwards capture with the black silhouettes of the trees as a frame for the mountain, mist and golden light
Well done, congrats
npecanhuk (69964) 2014-01-17 16:03
I loved that Monolith, form every single angle I could see it in that valley!
I do enjoy this picture of it!
Special regards to the management of difficult light, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
PaulVDV (24369) 2014-01-17 22:47
El Capitan presented in a rather mysterious way.
From the dark forest, the big monolith is slowly becoming visible after been hidden by the morning fog.
Excellent framing by the trees.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (144204) 2014-01-18 0:27
Through the a lot pictures know I that these place one of the most beautiful of California.
The low clouds and misty atmosphere care for a wonderful picture.
Excellent composition, lovely photo job.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
serp2000 (42056) 2014-01-18 3:42
How are you? I have read about the catastrophic drought in California.
Thanks for so informative note, good presentation of the Rock Chief, the misty weather gave you an opportunity to make so interesting composition.
Noel_Byrne (27382) 2014-01-18 5:55
The mist is magical in this scene, and makes the whole thing look like something from legends. A brilliant upwards view too, emphasizing the height really well, and giving a great sense of being in this forest.
Thanks as always
eldancer1 (32015) 2014-01-18 7:40
Looks like a huge but beautiful monster hiding behind the low hanging clouds. Love the effect on the mood. Good use of the trees as frames. Good pov and nice details. Well done, tfs.
Silvio1953 (130310) 2014-01-18 9:44
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, fascinating misty attmosphere, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (20899) 2014-01-18 22:18
This is a lovely view of this famous monolith through the mist and trees. The golden light on the rock face makes it particularly lovely.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann