Shooting Stars by Moonlight

Shooting stars at Moonlight Lake, Sabrina Basin, High Sierra

Taken at Moonlight Lake in the Sabrina Basin, Eastern Sierra, California on August 22nd, 2011

Forget coffee, forget Redbull. Nothing gets me zipping along first thing in the morning like some high Sierra backpacking. On my last morning of a trip to the wondrous Sabrina Basin near Bishop, California I rolled out of my tent at first light in order to capture the warm glow of the rising sun as it hit the 13,000 foot peaks surrounding my campsite. Despite not sleeping well, I felt charged up as I hiked the mile to this patch of shooting stars I had found while scouting Moonlight lake the day before. I set up my shot and waited for the light to reach the far shore of the lake, all the while burning off my excess energy by smashing the mosquitoes intent on having me for breakfast.

 

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  1. Jim Sprague
    Jim Sprague says:

    I can totally relate Josh! Nothing gives me more pleasure in life than composing these kind of beautiful photos in the High Sierras! This one really captures the beauty that is the Sierras! Took my first back packing trip in the Sierras as a 19 year old in the Summer of 1970 and will be going again out of Sabrina on July 25th this Summer. Hope to find this shooting stars!

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    • Josh Cripps
      Josh Cripps says:

      That’s great, Jim. I think you will find heads of shooting stars… it seems like they are colonizing every soggy meadow in the high Sierra right now! I’m headed out on my own trip into Kings Canyon the next few days and keeping my own fingers crossed for flower goodness.

      Have fun,

      Josh

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