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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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  1. Jim Cooper
    Jim Cooper says:

    Hello
    I live in Reno and enjoy taking photo-trips up and down Hwy 395 trying to decide where I wanted to go on the East slope Sierras. Lately I’ve been having problem with diabetic neuropathy and have had to limit my trips due to painful feet. On my good days I’m still able to take trips and stay close to truck and limit walking. I’m not far from University Farm off of East McCarren Blvd. The last couple of springs I’ve followed a Red-tailed Hawk’s nest. They’ve produced 2 to 3 young and was able to get some shots from the ground last spring of baby Red-tails. Maybe talk to you again Joshua and I’ll admire more of your great photos.
    Jim

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    • Josh Cripps
      Josh Cripps says:

      Cheers, Jim. Sorry to hear your feet are slowing you down a bit, but I’m glad you can still get out and shoot! I find that when I’m looking through the viewfinder it’s like meditation for me and takes my mind off the external world for awhile. Hope it’s the same for you.

      All the best,

      Josh

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