Often when it is mid-day, I will look for areas in the shade with even light and photograph small scenes with my telephoto lens such as this cascade below Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park.
Olmsted Point along Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park is a convenient location for tourists and photographers alike to get a sweeping view looking west towards Half Dome. Here, a winter storm passes over the granite slabs near sunset.
On a crisp, clear evening along the Merced River, I stopped to photograph the setting sun as its last warmth illuminated the granite rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley National Park. Mist from a nearby field flowed across the river during this transitional time.