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Global Warming
Photo By Joshua Cripps

  • Title: Global Warming
  • State/Province/Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park
  • Nearest Town: Lee Vining
  • Brief Directions: Drive highway 120 through Yosemite. You will find Tenaya Lake about 10 minutes from Tuolumne Meadows.
  • Best Season: Winter
  • Description: It all started before Christmas when I saw a video of people ice skating on a frozen Tenaya Lake in Yosemite's high country. Wow, that's cool, that doesn't happen very often, I thought. Then, about halfway through the video, the filmer unwittingly showed something that had my eyes bugging out of my head: thick and crunchy pressure ridges and cracks running through the vast ice sheet covering Tenaya's surface. And that sealed the deal: since Tioga Pass is open this late into the year maybe once in a generation, I knew I needed to take advantage of this unique photographic opportunity. The week after Christmas I set out for three days of camping, hiking, exploring, and shooting the high country near Tuolumne Meadows. My timing was just right and I had three days of incredible shooting conditions and more natural beauty than you can shake a stick at. This shot is from the sunset on the first night: a rip-roaring pink and purple glow which set the icy reflections and cracks aflame on Tenaya Lake.
  • Gear: Nikon D7000, Induro Tripod, Acratech Ballhead, Lee soft GND filters
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