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Simmering in very nonchalant fashion | Upon returning to Thousand Island Lake, I wanted to stay by the water and capture the reflections of the mountains in the water. But, the strong gale of winds that never stopped blowing continued not only into the night but also till next morning. After early dinner, I set up my camera and waited. I really liked this composition where the rocks in the water in foreground were leading the eye toward the pines on the little piece of land jutting out into the lake and then eventually to Mt. Ritter, the focal point of the image. The peak was gleaming in a vivid orange glow, and the lake seemed to be simmering in a very nonchalant fashion. Thousand Island Lake, CA Mt. Ritter Sunset Glow Thousand Island Lake Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Eastern Sierra Idyllic Lake Long Exposure Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Rock Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Sierra Nevada Snowcapped Mountain Solitude Sunset Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
Night was very young | After a long day of lugging my heavy backpack under the intense sun, I arrived at my destination for the night - Thousand Island Lake. And I was excited to unload almost 20 lb of camera gear off of the pack. It was a night before the new moon night, and as typically is, it was dark with no visible sign of the crescent moon. I didn’t notice much of light pollution either. Jupiter rose east of Mt. Ritter first, which meant the Milky Way would be visible above the mountain ridge line as soon as it was dark enough. Although it was quite windy when I set up my cameras, with no clouds whatsoever in the sky, within a couple of hours it calmed down, and I was able to get the reflections of both the mountain and the galaxy in the tranquil water. And the night was very young. Thousand Island Lake, CA Backpacking Camping Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Astronomy Backcountry Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Galaxy Lake Milky Way Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature Night No People Outdoors Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Star - Space Stars Tranquil Scene Tranquility
Slowly traversing heavenly body | On my way to Island Pass from Thousand Island Lake, I had noticed this particular off-trail spot that I later called the best lookout point. The view of both the lake and Mt. Ritter was clear of pretty much everything. So, I had promised to myself that I would stop here on my way back. So, I stopped. What I learned though was that it was a very rocky slope. At first it wasn’t easy to find a patch of flat surface to pitch my tent. After roaming up and down the area for quite a bit, I found a patch that was small but clear of rocks. It was the first time ever when none of my tent stakes was used. Instead I used a heap of big and small rocks to tie it down. A whole lot of stones. The wind wasn’t calming down at all, so I had to make sure that the tent would stay put. Night fell. But it felt like the gale of winds seemed to have gained more strength. Meantime, Jupiter was hung high, just like the night before. And the galaxy was slowly traversing the heavenly body in the company of Saturn. The extremely choppy lake bored nothing of reflection. Nonetheless, no trace of a waxing crescent moon let the galaxy lit up the night sky. Thousand Island Lake, CA Ansel Adams Wilderness Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Astronomy Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Eastern Sierra Galaxy Milky Way Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature Night No People Non-urban Scene Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Space Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Wilderness
As soon as it was gone | In spite of the fact that it is heavy, one of the advantages in bringing a 70-200mm lens on this trip was that I was able to take a closer (not necessarily personal since I wasn’t climbing) look at the 15th tallest mountain in California and its peak. As is often the case, wide angle lenses, like 16-35mm, let me capture the overall perspective of the landscape, and I use it 95% of the time, but I must admit that at more like a touchable distance all the protruded up and outward, sharp rocks and sunk craggy crevices look intimidating and fascinating at the same time. No other explanations needed for those crispy, sharp images. As the sun rose, the orange glow got intense. And as soon as it was gone, I was looking forward to seeing the next one. Thousand Island Lake, CA Clear Sky Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Beauty In Nature Clear Sky Eastern Sierra Formation Glow Idyllic Landscape Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Mountains Nature No People Non-urban Scene Scenics - Nature Sierra Nevada Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Sunrise Tranquil Scene Tranquility
King of planets Night fell at Thousand Island Lake. The windy never stopped, if not gaining strength. And I was terribly worried that the wind may knock away my cameras on the tripods. Meanwhile, the gusty gale meant that capturing reflections of Mt. Ritter was completely out of the question. So, I decided to focus on other elements, such as the rock in the foreground, the rocks and the pines in the middle ground as well as Mt. Ritter and the Milky Way in the background. Jupiter, named by the Romans and also called Zeus by the ancient Greeks, ascended high as if it wanted everyone awake to know that it was the king of the planets (largest planet in our solar system). Soon, the Milky Way slowly rose from the southeast sky. Thousand Island Lake, CA Galaxy Jupiter Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Astronomy Beauty In Nature Eastern Sierra Galaxy Long Exposure Milky Way Nature Night No People Rock Scenics - Nature Sierra Nevada Sky Snowcapped Mountain Space Star Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
Exact replica of our world | The water was tranquil, so the reflections of Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak were literally mirror like. I didn’t even have to do long exposure. Sometimes it’s that simple. Not even a single breeze, as if the time stood still. Except for those occasional gentle trout ripples. As brutal as nature can be the next minute, for now the world came to an abrupt halt, and the only thing that I was witnessing was the exact replica of our world in the water. Thousand Island Lake, CA Banner Peak Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Beauty In Nature Blue Clear Sky Cold Temperature Eastern Sierra Idyllic Lake Mountain Mountain Range No People Non-urban Scene Reflection Reflection Lake Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Symmetry Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Wilderness
Tranquility of wilderness | One of the shots I always attempt to take while in the wilderness is a campsite under thousands of stars. And what better opportunity is there with the Milky Way and Mt. Ritter as a backdrop when there was so much openness to it? I was able to frame the shot with Jupiter still lingering above the snow clad, 15th highest peak in California. The wind almost calmed down, and I just simply took my time bracketing the shots. Tranquility of wilderness was set in with a distant echo of frogs singing under the countless stars. Thousand Island Lake, CA Ansel Adams Wilderness Jupiter Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Adventure Astronomy Beauty In Nature Camping Long Exposure Milky Way Mountain Nature Night No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Scenics - Nature Sky Snowcapped Mountain Space Star Star - Space Tent Tranquil Scene Tranquility
Smoldering like embers | I woke up to the harrowing sound of the winds. The first thing that my half-open eyes inspected was the dust on everything inside the tent. Not much. Good. It worked. Dust blowing inside the tent was really bad the day before, so I had collected rocks about the size of full frame cameras and created a shelter wall going around the tent entrance. I grabbed my gear and the sleeping bag and hopped down the boulder slope to the shore for sunrise. Again, capturing the reflection of Mt. Ritter in the water was out of the question. However, once the peak of the mountain started smoldering like embers, the orange glow spilled over onto the smoothed out lake surface. I was not disappointed. Thousand Island Lake, CA Banner Peak Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Beauty In Nature Day Eastern Sierra Idyllic Lake Long Exposure Mountain Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Reflection Rock Rock - Object Rock Formation Scenics - Nature Sky Sunrise Glow Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
Soaked in tranquility of nature | One of the iconic images that I’d seen over and over again and that I had planned to take as my own was the orange glow cast on Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak at sunrise. And, of course, the reflection of it in Thousand Island Lake. While there was not a single speck of cloud in sight, no wind was disturbing the tranquility of the water. It was so calm that those small ripples created by the trouts travelled far. A school of rainbow trouts indifferently swimming me by put a big smile on my face. As the sun rose, the peaks started glowing from grey to dark red to orange. Transfixed on the magic happening before my eyes, I simply let myself soaked in the tranquility of nature. Thousand Island Lake, CA Banner Peak Mt. Ritter Thousand Island Lake Beauty In Nature Clear Sky Eastern Sierra Glow Idyllic Lake Mountain Range Mountains Nature No People Non-urban Scene Reflection Lake Reflections Scenics - Nature Sierra Nevada Sky Sunrise Symmetry Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Wilderness