Sierra Waves


Behind the Scenes of this Photo

Taken at Upper Cathedral Lake in Yosemite National Park on May 3rd, 2014

This was a tough photo to get. Mostly because I was under-prepared. I trudged the four miles in to this spot sans snowshoes, postholing nearly every step and soaking my boots in the process. I brought just enough clothing to deal with the 10 degree F temps, which didn’t mean I was comfortable, just not frozen.

In the morning, when I had finally drifted off to a shivery sleep, I almost didn’t get out of bed because I quick glance out my tent flap told me it was overcast. It wasn’t until my eyes (and brain) focused a little more that I realized I wasn’t looking at gray skies, but rather a huge Sierra wave cloud that had formed above Cathedral Peak and the rest of the Sierra crest.

I quickly donned my snow gear, grabbed my camera, and crunched down to the frozen shore of Upper Cathedral Lake, where this beautiful wave of blue ice mirrored the cloud above.

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