After climbing 545 meter over an 13 km hike, I asked Tessa to marry me. Fortunately, Tessa said 'yes', under the watchful eyes of three marmots. Click the image to enjoy the moment (and to find the marmots).
In the panorama, Tessa and I are just obscuring the view of Half Dome as seen from Mount Hoffman. We were on a 3 day camping trip to Yosemite, following the International VR Photography Conference in Berkeley. On the second day of that trip, june 21st, our group ventured outside the frequented Yosemite valley to climb a mountain summit in the highlands. At around 3300 meter height, Tessa decided she'ld rather enjoy the view with some oxygen in her lungs, so we stopped some 60 meters below the summit. Our group went on, giving me some privacy to execute my devious plan...
When setting up for a panorama, I often ask 'my luvely assistant' to carry some of my excess equipment and generally give me a hand. Tessa usually hides out of view, or stands behind me as I rotate around the camera (she calls this the 'panorama-dance'). This time, as I was kneeling down with my gear for adjustments, I asked Tessa to come and give me a hand.
In the top flap of my camera bag, there's a small plastic bag with a ring in it, could you get that out for me?
Tessa hands me the bag
... and could you tell me if you want to marry me?
Tessa, somewhat perplexed, low on oxygen, says:
I think so
Yes, those were her historic words, after almost 12 and a half years. The actual 'yes' followed soon enough ;-)
We have not yet set a date, we are going to take our time. 'Less than a year from now' sounds good at this point.
Update (juli 4th): This is a bit more exhibitionist than we normally are, but the World Wide Panorama: Community project is now live, and I submitted this panorama. So for those of you who couldn't view the interactive panorama before, there's now a Quicktime version too. Incidentally, the WWP entry also has a neat Google Earth link.
By the way, thanks for all the nice comments so far. It's fun to see who reads this blog.