I've seen this panorama since I was a young child vacationing each year in Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows. It marked the highly anticipated beginning of our arrival in Yosemite and always marked the last bittersweet view of the High Sierra as we made our way back down the pass towards home in Southern California. I finally decided to take some pictures of this favorite location and the colors didn't let me down. Snow would begin to fall a few hours later closing the pass behind us as we made our way home to San Francisco.
The peak in the center, though it towers above the meadow, is just one of the lower ridges of the much larger Mt. Dana. Off the right of the image lays the eastern gate to Yosemite. Just off picture to the left, the High Sierra lays a small lake named Tioga. To capture the entire panorama I took 13 hand held images and stitched them together to create a detailed shot of about 176 Megapixels or at 300 DPI, 6.5 feet wide and 2 feet tall. The camera used is a Nikon D800E landscape camera with a 24x70mm f/2.8 lens. And though the golden hues look warm, I can attest that the temperatures were well below freezing at the time in strong winds. Burr!!!!
© Darvin Atkeson