Toby Harriman snapped this photo from Tunnel View – a scenic overlook on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park in California – a few weeks ago. Low fog was rolling into the valley, and Toby said he was able to capture conditions he’d always dreamed of.
His favorite part of the photo: The climber’s headlamp visible midway up the vertical rock formation El Capitan, on the left.
Framed in the sky at the center of the photo is the tiny, misty, dipper-shaped star cluster Pleiades, or Seven Sisters.
Since the park opened in 1933, Tunnel View has provided people with this amazing view of the Yosemite Valley. In addition to El Capitan, you can see Bridalveil Fall, one of Yosemite’s most beautiful waterfalls, on the right. In the background, you can see Half Dome, a granite dome — possibly Yosemite’s most familiar rock formation – rising more than 4,737 feet (1,444 meters) above the valley floor.
Thank you, Toby Harriman Photography!
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