With summer in the rear view mirror, I wanted to post a retrospective from my favorite trip of the season. Calm, serene, tranquil, and rugged. This is the type of scene that fuels my unquenchable thirst for alpine wilderness.
The winter of 2012-2013 brought very little snow to the Sierras. With every spring comes eager anticipation for trips into the high country, and this year we took advantage of the low snowpack for an unseasonably early trip to the Sierra.
Ediza lake had been high on my list for several years, and I was thrilled to be hiking to alpine lakes several weeks before the summer solstice. This was going to be an amazing early start to the summer.
I had this particular shot in mind before we even decided to make the trip. It's a bit of a classic perspective, but it's classic for good reason. I woke up well before sunrise and waded across the waist deep creek to get to the other side of the lake, searching for a complimentary foreground to match the iconic peaks that towered above. Despite the absence of interesting clouds, the pre-dawn alpenglow made for this quintessential Sierra scene. While is image may not be particularly groundbreaking, it's one that personifies the Sierra Nevada in it's tranquil and majestic beauty. This scene is exactly what lures me into the high country time and time again.