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Photo By Joshua Cripps

  • Title: 200
  • State/Province/Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Yosemite National Park
  • Nearest Town: June Lake
  • Brief Directions: From Tuolumne Meadows hike south along the John Muir Trail approximately 14.5 miles to the Marie Lakes trail head, head up along the trail about a mile to reach this spot.
  • Best Season: Summer
  • Description: Early July 2013 brought sweltering temperatures to California, and the extreme heat resulted in thunderstorms and clouds building along the Sierra crest for days at a time. I planned a backpacking and photography trip from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite to June Lake, right along the Sierra crest, to take advantage of the light these storms were sure to bring. On my second night out, in the Marie Lakes Basin, this sunset unfolded over Mt. Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite National Park. The end of the day brought not only color to the sky, but hordes of hungry mosquitoes to the basin. And since I was the largest mammal around for miles, it was a free-for-all feeding frenzy on me. And despite my layers of clothing and liberal application of bug spray I estimate I sustained about 200 bites this evening. (Note: although this is a photo of Mt. Lyell, which is in Yosemite, the Marie Lakes Basin is just outside the park boundary. This was taken looking west toward the eastern edge of Yosemite)
  • Gear: Nikon D7000, Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens, Induro Tripod, Acratech Ballhead, Lee GND Filters
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