Sunrise over Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Half Dome Sunrise, from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

I was alone on Glacier Point on the morning I made this photograph. Temperatures were cool but not as chilly as I expected it to be given the altitude, season and exposure of this dramatic viewpoint. The air was clear and still with the only sound to be heard the occasional call of a hawk that was periodically passing overhead. I watched as the swift dawn first lit the distant peaks above Tuolumne Meadows, then filled in shadowed Yosemite Valley far below, before the first sliver of sunlight peeked around the shoulder of the great granite monolith to warm my face.

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Half Dome at sunrise, viewed from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California

Half Dome at sunrise, viewed from Glacier Point.
Image ID: 27737
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA