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Backpacking in the Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking with my twin brother has always been a memorable adventure since early childhood. Phil is my best friend and it's a blessing to share and experience the wilderness together. Last week we returned from a five day trip in the Ansel Adams wilderness. The Minaret range has some of the most spectacular visuals in the Sierras. It is the headwaters of our San Joaquin River here in Fresno. Phil and I both made wonderful images early in the morning as the first light of the day hit the peaks with a beautiful alpine glow, forget sleeping in when your photographing the sunrise! The last morning before heading home from Ediza lake I turned toward the sunrise and witnessed this amazing light streaking through canyon leading into the lake. I scrambled quickly to a ridge to get a better point of view of this wonderful sunrise that was filtering through the Rim Fires lingering smoke. I put on my 50 mm lens with a sunset filter and captured the image before the spectacle disappeared. It turned out to be one of my all time favorite photographs!



Reader Comments (1)

Paul, what a privilege to get to see what you saw that morning. This may be a part of the world I will never witness with my own eyes and, of course, each day is different and you captured a day that was affected by the Rim Fire. Hopefully, that won't happen again for many, many years but you were able to take that massive impact to the forest and find the beauty it also brought. Your gift is palpable and draws the viewer into your photography in a way that touches the soul and moves across the headwaters of our emotions - a RARE gift. Thank you for capturing the glorious and exalting the the One who created it all. Proud to call you our friend.

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobynn's Ravings

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