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Best Of 2016

(January – December 2016)

Erik Krause

Broom blossom and granite on Mont Lozere

Scott Highton

Top of Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park

04/01/2016 13:30 PST

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© 2016 Scott Highton, All Rights Reserved.

View from the top of Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park.

In this view from the top of the falls, there are two fools who climbed out from behind the (barely) protective rail in order to get pictures of the 2,500' drop below. They seemed to feel it was safe enough as long as one held on to the other's shirt. Watching them absolutely scared the hell out of me, though. As the old saying goes, "you can't fix stupid."

Fortunately, no mishap befell either one.

If you look closely at the ledge they're standing on, you'll see a number of climbing bolts and hangars near their feet. These are popularly used by slack liners, who rig a line across the top of the falls to balance/walk across -- an ultimate adrenaline rush for some. (I've decided I'm finally beyond the age where this idea even remotely appeals to me!)

Thanks to Bill Bailey, Nick Fanotec, and Nodal Ninja. Equipment used includes the Fanotec Pole Series 2, Nikon D800 and 16mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens. PTGui and Pano2VR software.

©2016 Photography by Scott Highton All rights reserved
Nikon D800, 16mm Nikkor f/2.8 fisheye, Nodal Ninja pole and head.

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