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Taken in the Pioneer Basin in the John Muir Wilderness, Sierra Nevada mountains, California on July 11th, 2014

One of the highlights of my 2014 summer was a 5-day solo backpacking trip I did to the Little Lakes Valley and Pioneer Basin in the John Muir Wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. On the last morning of the trip I woke up to a cloud-filled sky and a breathlessly calm atmosphere. It had rained for a few hours the previous day and that moisture still sat thick and fat on the ground. Each blade of grass hung heavy, bent over by the weight of the water drops clinging to it. I had hiked in in a pair of lightweight trail-running shoes -think all breathability and no waterproofing- and as I walked down to the lake shore with my camera my shoes sucked up the water like sponges, soaking my feet in seconds. And yet, as this beautiful sunrise lit up the clouds and mountains in front of me, my wet feet were the last thing on my mind.

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