Face and Backside of Half-Dome

Half and Half

If you have ever been to Yosemite National Park in California, you will see the massive granite dome standing majestically at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. This iconic glacier-carved monolith is the most iconic and recognizable symbol of Yosemite.

For the Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s theme is half-and-half. Here are my two entries of Half Dome from two perspectives.

This shot is the “face” of Half-Dome, representing the face of Yosemite itself as seen from Glacier Point looking eastward. If you look closely, you can make out the shape of a silhouette of a fabled Miwok woman forever etched on Half-Dome’s sheer front.


This next photo is of Half-Dome taken from Olmstead Point outside of Tuolumne Meadows. This view looks westward offering a unique look at the “backside” of the monolith not always seen or publicized.


I was lucky that my parents loved to camp and made the two-week trip to Yosemite every year, when we were kids, then teens. As an adult, I try to make the trip every couple of years. I never get tired of visiting and standing beneath the massive peaks looking up in awe at their majesty.

I can truthfully say that I have spent half of my summers in Yosemite National Park. Have you ever been to Yosemite? Add it to your bucket list!

23 Comments on “Face and Backside of Half-Dome

  1. What a marvel of nature! The Half Dome was formed that way or did the rock get sheared off somehow?
    I wish I could say I’ve visited Yosemite! One day! How lovely to have spent so much time camping there:))

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  2. We drove through Yosemite many years ago and often stopped and took photos. It was a stunning place and we even saw a bear cross the road in front of us. He/she soon disappear when he/she saw us!

    Great photos Terri. Reminded me of the scenes from the movie ‘2012’.

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  3. Ironically my brother & sister-in-law are there right now and posted that very pic on facebook…it is so impressive in a picture I can only imagine what it must be like in person. How lucky were you to be able to spend so many times there and see it in all it’s glory!!!

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    • That’s great about your brother and sister in law! I was very lucky! My daughter just reminded me that yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of when they hiked half dome. Hopefully you will go someday!

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      • They are celebrating their 40the Wedding Anniversary! That is some hike…and after seeing the pictures it makes me want to see it in person, maybe someday. 😊

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