Before venturing out to Yosemite, I had to know everything possible about the features of the valley and how they related to the sun. I checked exactly when the sun would rise and set relative to each point in the park. This morning my girlfriend and I had to wake up while the stars were still lighting the way in order to get positioned perfectly for the rising sun. As the brightening sky started showing hints of the sun getting higher, beams of light began pouring over the faces of some of Yosemite's iconic formations. We had to wait for the right second to get the full impact if what I was seeing before me. When the sun finally started to give its light to the valley floor, illuminating the treetops, I was amazed at the unbelievable sight set before me. At that moment I was able to see the pureness of Yosemite, still preserved as it had been discovered by the Ahwahnechee Native Americans thousands of years ago. Still in awe of what I was seeing, I snapped a few photos knowing that I had what I wanted. With El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, and the Cathedral Rocks all making their presence known, this was one of the key moments while we were there.