Mt Starr King

is often one of the forgotten views in Yosemite.  Most people (rightfully) gaze in awe and wonder at Half Dome along with Vernal and Nevada Falls.  But if you turn about 90 degrees to your right, this will be your view.  I’ve always loved it’s broken pyramid shape.  At dusk it rises above the surrounding valleys to catch the lovely alpenglow.

I also like this image because it’s an example of “shoot what no one else is” – the photography equivalent of baseball’s “hit ’em where they ain’t”.  This was the “Great Supermoon of 2012” and most everyone else was down in Yosemite Valley – I decided to head on up to higher ground to catch it rising over the Clark Range.  (Thank you Photographer’s Ephemeris) While I didn’t catch the actual moonrise thanks to the clouds, I was able to get it right above the peak of Mt. Starr King.  I also had the whole vista point to myself.  It was quiet except for the sound of the falls in the valley below, the breeze in the pines, and the occasional bird song.

I did get down to the Valley and catch the moonbows on Yosemite Falls too 🙂

I also want to give a special shout out to Michael Russell, who’s celebrating the 5th anniversary of his #MountainMonday theme on G+.  Check out all of the beautiful images he’s shared over the years!