Sunrise over Half Dome

This past weekend, Sweetie and I went to Yosemite to join family and friends to say one last good-bye to Dad. We rose before dawn to drive up to Glacier Point. Just before we got there a bear crossed the road and ambled up into the pines.  The sky was already beginning to lighten when we arrived.

At the lookout, a doe met us as we walked up to the lookout point. She was not shy.


We called her our escort.




It was beautiful morning.



We said our good-byes in the place dad loved so much. Every summer meant a week in Yosemite.


As the sun began to rise behind Half Dome, the clouds became very apparent and I did what I could to capture them.


My brother and nephew gazing out on the valley, lost in thought.


Sunbeams through the mist hanging over Yosemite.


Before we left, we gathered for a group photo.


As we made our way back to the parking lot, our escort awaited us.



She was quite gentle and unafraid and I was able to get quite close to her.


She walked with us as we headed for the parking lot, and then, she walked off into the woods.

It was a perfect morning in Yosemite.


  1. What a lovely post and stunning images, I loved all of them. Just this week I watched a documentary on Ansel Adams which told of how much he loved Yosemite and showed awesome images he took, it’s no wonder your Dad loved it too. A fitting farewell.


  2. What beautiful way to say good-bye. I liked the group photo and that incredible view of half dome, the first one. I’m sure you’ve shared these photos with your family. Thanks.


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