Stretching out at 7,800 feet

September 20, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

 

Stretching out at 7,800 feetStretching out at 7,800 feetA man in a yellow shirt stretches out on an outcrop, 3,800 feet over Yosemite Valley. (Taft Point, Yosemite, California.)

After visiting Glacier Point in Yosemite, my wife and I decided to hike to Taft Point. It's a less frequently visited location that is a couple of miles from Glacier Point Road. The main attraction at Taft Point is the vista of Yosemite Valley. There's an outcrop with a small railing where you can stand and safely enjoy the view.

While I was standing against the railing and enjoying the view, a woman approached and began waving at someone off in the distance. I later found out that she was waving at her husband. She was encouraging him to climb out onto a tiny outcrop above Yosemite Valley. He was clearly uncomfortable, seeing as he was crawling on his hands and knees, presumable afraid to stand up, and she had to keep encouraging him to crawl out farther.

While I appreciate that this woman and her husband gave me a great subject for these shots (she even asked her husband to wear a brightly colored shirt so he would show up in her photos), I would never go out there myself, nor would I ever ask my wife to go out there. In fact, while I was taking this photo, my wife was safely sitting under a shade tree about 30 yards away.

Taft Point is about 4,000 feet over Yosemite Valley. That's an awfully long way to fall. Very scary, but boy does it make for an interesting photo.

Relaxation at 7,800 feetRelaxation at 7,800 feetA man in a yellow shirt relaxes on an outcrop, 3,800 feet over Yosemite Valley. (Taft Point, Yosemite, California.)

 


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