The hike to Lake Blanche begins! John and I hiked in the early moments and the valley was in shade as we started. But as the light emerged, the true picture of Big Cottonwood in autumn became clear. As I've taught my students in class, looking back can bring rewards as the light is always changing. And this look back at the mountains with the morning clouds sweeping over them and of course the brilliant autumn colors will forever be a part of my memory.