I spent several days in December hiking and photographing areas along the eastern Sierra. During this time, I visited two very special places. One of those was finding a high camp with a direct view of the Sierra Crest and Mount Whitney. To top it off, it was a full moon that night.
On the way to my second day at snowy Vulcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, I stopped at Lake Henshaw for sunrise in the mist. These photos turned out to be some of my favorites from this year. I love the simplicity of form and color. The fog makes it possible to obscure the distracting elements from a photo.
The fog thickened and thinned, but I didn’t expect to see the sun. I was surprised when the it rose above the distant hills in the mist, showing a dimly lit ball. I had only a few moments to capture this photo before the sun was blown out by its own brightness.
Later the shifting fog nearly totally cleared from the lake, only to return a few minutes later.
Finally snowy mountains revealed themselves on the northern horizon, the prominent one being Hot Springs Mountain.
Click here to see my “best of” collection from this morning.