Looking back, looking forward

Eloquent Images by Gary Hart

Gary Hart Photography, Moon and Mist, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall, YosemiteMoon and Mist, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite
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For the final shoot of my final 2014 workshop, I guided my group up the rain-slick granite behind Yosemite’s Tunnel View for a slightly different perspective than they’d seen earlier in the workshop. I warned everyone that slippery rock and the steepness of the slope could make the footing treacherous (and offered a safer alternative), but promised the view would be worth it. Then I crossed my fingers.

While sunset at Tunnel View is often special, the rare sunset event I’d been pointing to for over a year, a nearly full (96%) moon rising into the twilight hues above Half Dome, is a particular highlight, one of my favorite things in the world to witness. But after an autumn dominated by clear skies that would have been perfect for our moonrise, a much needed storm landed just as our workshop commenced, engulfing Yosemite Valley in dense…

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