While in Yosemite Valley I was surprised to find that I had cell phone coverage. Just after taking this photo I shot out a quick tweet with a version of this taken on my iPhone camera as I thought this was going to be the best photo of my trip. While the iPhone version doesn’t even come close to this photo, I still stand by my initial reaction. I love the effect of this photo and it falls in the top ten from the trip.
Ribbon Fall is just to the east of El Capitan, so the right most stone face in this image is the eastern edge of El Capitan (photo was taken facing north). The fall comes down that stone face and is a bit hard to see in this image with the cloud (try clicking on the image for a larger view). The white that you see built up at the base of the fall (just above the tree line) is snow and ice from the water of the fall freezing on the rockface. As I stood there taking in this scene I would hear a loud cracking noise as a piece of ice broke off the top of the falls somewhere, it would appear as a denser white within he spray of the fall’s water.