Taken in the Marie Lakes Basin in the Ansel Adams Wilderness just east of Yosemite on July 3rd
Early July 2013 brought sweltering temperatures to California, and the extreme heat resulted in thunderstorms and clouds building along the Sierra crest for days at a time. I planned a backpacking and photography trip from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite to June Lake, right along the Sierra crest, to take advantage of the light these storms were sure to bring. On my second night out, in the Marie Lakes Basin, this sunset unfolded over Mt. Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite National Park. The end of the day brought not only color to the sky, but hordes of hungry mosquitoes to the basin. And since I was the largest mammal around for miles, it was a free-for-all feeding frenzy on me. And despite my layers of clothing and liberal application of bug spray I estimate I sustained about 200 bites this evening.