Three Brothers - Yosemite National Park, California

Last week, I posted an image of El Capitan from Yosemite's Cathedral Beach. Later that morning, Mike Louthan and I walked along the Merced River away from El Capitan. The trail, if you call it that, weaves along the river and offers many glimpses of El Capitan and this one, the Three Brothers. The Three Brothers are east of El Capitan and just opposite of the Cathedral Spires (behind my shoulders). Every twist and turn of the river gave me a different view of the Brothers, but there seemed to be some obstruction that made the composition less than what I wanted. When I got to this spot, I realized that it was going to be the best vantage point if I wanted to capture a reflection. The light was very different from my El Capitan photo as it was a bit more east and the mountains took on a purplish tint.

A little tidbit. The Three Brothers have names. The highest peak is named Eagle Peak, the place that John Muir believed provided the most beautiful view of Yosemite Valley. I'll take his word for it, as I don't think I will ever be atop it. The other two peaks are boringly named the Middle Brother and the Lower Brother.