This photo was taken on 12/31/2009 during the Alta torch light parade. I had permission from the Alta ski patrol to ski down the ski run before everybody else to set up the tripod and camera. It was an eery experience: It was absolutely quiet, there were no people in front of me and the ski run was pitch dark. Suddenly the fireworks started and I realized that I was very close to the action. I quickly mounted my wide angle lens, put the camera on the tripod and took this beautiful photo of Little Cottonwood Canyon and the Alta ski area.