Although we didn’t plan it, shortly before traveling to Yosemite National Park, we realized that we’d be in the park during the next full moon. We were going to experience moonlight over Yosemite, very exciting!
And that place was Glacier Point, a high cliff on the south side of the valley sitting high above Curry Village. It also has a great view of Half Dome from about the same elevation. A very different perspective than from the valley floor.
It was amazing: a 180-degree view of the valley floor, an up close view of Half Dome, with Vernal and Nevada Falls, major waterfalls that aren’t visible from the valley floor, in the background, plus views of the summits of the High Sierra. The point is also a great place to watch the sun setting over Half Dome.
We planned to return on the day before the full moon. Hector likes to photograph the moon the day before the full moon, because the moon rises just before sunset and there is lots of light to work with.
We found a nice spot on a rock where Hector could set up his tripod and we could set up our picnic. Perfect!
But the moon looks majestic rising over the snowcapped peaks of High Sierras.Thanks to Will Hartshorn for these photos of Hector at play.
As we drove back down to the valley, we stopped to check out the view from Tunnel View. Now that we were down much lower, the moon was still behind the cliffs, but due to rise any minute, and the sky was getting brighter and brighter.