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Lighted by a very bright half moon, night becomes day during this 30-second time exposure view of the stars and aircraft in the skies over Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Moments after being married at Tunnel View, Cyrenea and Josh Piper from College Station, Texas, walk atop the rock wall while their photographer snaps photos of the newlyweds against one of the most iconic backdrops in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The sun rises over the Yosemite Valley on a cool spring morning, peeking through a canopy of oak leaves that frame the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Bridalveil Falls lives up to its name with the mist on top blowing clouds of water vapor forming a veil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Visitors to Yosemite National Park stop for a photo on one of the wooden walkways traversing Sentinel Meadow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A pair of plein-air artists use a spot under the trees in Cook's Meadow to sketch and paint the beauty around them in the Yosemite Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Deer graze through the tall plants and growth near Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Keira Dwinell, 6, from Reno dances through the frigid waters of Mirror Lake while on a family outing in Yosemite National Park with Half Dome at her back.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Making the most of his first visit to the park, Kinihiko Kosuge from Georgia jumps in the air for a photo with nothing but the Yosemite Valley providing the breathtaking backdrop from the Tunnel View.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A photographer walks away with his tripod over his shoulder and Half Dome in the background at Glacier Point.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The sun has set but the show goes on at Glacier Point before a bird's-eye view of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Half Dome is reflected in a pool of water at Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Lighted by a very bright half moon, night becomes day during this 30-second time exposure view of the stars in the sky over Upper and Lower Yosemite Fall and part of the lodging the Yosemite Valley from a Glacier Point vantage point.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A photographer at Olmsted Point casts her shadow against the boulders just before sunset in the high country off Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Iconic Half Dome is viewed from Olmsted Point near Tioga Road at sunset in Yosemite National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Park Ranger Bob Roney walks across the entrance of the Wawona Tunnel, framing the famous Tunnel View. Roney, who has been a ranger at Yosemite for for almost 46 years, said his first visit to the park stole his heart and that ever since then his whole life has been centered on the valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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By Christopher Reynolds

Japanese artist Hokusai liked Mt. Fuji. Really liked it. So in the 1820s and 1830s, he made a series of 36 woodblock prints of the mountain, from near and far, in summer and winter. When they went over well, he made 10 more scenes. Then, because an artist must follow his muse, he started a new series: 100 views of Mt. Fuji.

When I’m looking at Half Dome, the great granite hood ornament of Yosemite National Park, I understand Hokusai and Fuji. You see Half Dome on a century’s worth of postcards, on Ansel Adams prints and Sierra Club calendars, on your waiter’s name tag at the Wawona Hotel, on the new California driver’s licenses.

Yet to me, it seems inexhaustible.

When I visited Yosemite with photographer Mark Boster in late May, we glanced at a few other popular spots, but mostly we chased Half Dome variations. Though we didn’t summit the big rock — the climbing cables weren’t in place for the season — we saw it from so many directions and elevations that I started thinking of it as the third member of our traveling party.

Some people say Half Dome looks like a football helmet or a broken bowling ball. I always saw a dented ranger’s hat. Until this trip.

For a proper introduction or a ritual re-introduction, a traveler heads from the park’s south entrance to the Tunnel View turnout. You may find yourself standing in a crowd — on a busy day, 5,000 people pause here — but you’ll spot Half Dome, bracketed by El Capitan to the left, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall to the right. And if the crowds are thin, you may think: This is the place. No view can match this. But just up the road, plenty can.

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