When you first enter Yosemite National Park it is impossible to miss El Capitan. Towering some 3,000 feet above the valley floor with a peak elevation of 7,573 feet its a feast for the eyes and an attractive challenge for several hardy rock climbers. The more I visit Yosemite the more I see visitors accept the walls of the valley as an unmoving constant, but if you stop to really watch the valley walls you’ll notice that the they’re alive with movement. It’s not just waterfalls that create dramatic scenery in the park, but fast moving air currents and rapidly changing cloud formations. The granite monoliths are only half the story as long as you open your eyes other subtleties of the environment.
Pictured are clouds flowing around El Capitan in the late morning. This long exposure helped highlight the cloud movement bringing El Capitan to life.