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The Yosemite Valley (1910) by Galen Clark

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MIRROR LAKE.


THIS small sheet of water is not in the Valley proper. It is located at the entrance of Teneiya Canyon at the base of the great Half Dome. When seen in the morning before the sun rises it is an enchanting little lake environed by grand mountain scenery, all of which is seen mirrored in its apparently unfathomable depths.

One of the most interesting scenes is a mirror view of the sunrise, from behind the Half Dome or adjacent cliff. At first a small portion of the sun’s disk is seen as a bright star. In a moment it enlarges too bright to look at. By moving a few steps into a place of shadow the experience can be repeated, and by several changes of this kind many sunrises may be seen in a few minutes any fair morning.

Mirror Lake and Mt. Watkins, by George Fiske
MIRROR LAKE AND MT. WATKINS
[Photo by George Fiske]


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