George Shaffer entered this photograph in the OP 2012 American Landscape contest. Out of more than 10,000 photos submitted this was selected as one of 35 finalists. He describes how he came to take this photo, "I have been to this location several times over the last 8 years. The size of the reflecting pool varies with the snow pack each year. Some years I get up here and it is completely clouded over, but on this morning I had great conditions. I had scouted the day before, and set up to wait for sunrise to see what kind of color I would get. As the clouds started to change I captured several images, trying vertical and horizontal, with and without the split grad, but this was the one I liked best. I was really hoping the cap cloud over the summit would pick up some color, but it was too low and stayed white throughout the sequence."
You can see all of the finalists and vote in the People's Choice competition by clicking here. People's Choice voting ends July 31. I select a Photo Of The Day everyday. Images come from the OP Galleries like Your Favorite Places, Assignments and the contest galleries. You can see more of my Photo Of The Day selections on the OP Blog.