El Capitan is the signature mountain of the Guadalupes. The dramatic cliffs of the mountain marking the end of the chain rise a mile above the salt flats west of the park.
The view from above is like that of a prow of a ship riding across the desert. It is my favorite mountain to photograph and one that offers up possibilities at sunrise and sunset.
It is a target for my camera on every trip and I work it into any image I can.
On a trip to the Guadalupes, I always look forward to that first view of El Cap across miles of desert. It was an important waypoint for travelers and is still a beacon in the desert.
With the ephemeral nature of the lake on the salt flats, I knew I would spend my sunsets there, but I still managed to stop and photograph El Cap from different angles on the trip.
I have some of them here. These are all different times of day but I think they begin to give you a sense of the size and the many angles to see and photograph this wonder from just these few classic views.