Standing within a colorful aspen grove on #sonorapass during the fall is one of those opportunities we all should take time for. The wind quaking the leaves, the fresh smell of fall, the quiet moment spent together. It really is an unbeatable place to connect with each other. It also happens to be perfect for a fall portrait session.
Caught up in all the noise, a world of things and time frames clouds my mind. Forgotten details of self, again I wonder who I am and where I belong. Living but not thriving, seeking but not stepping, I fight my practical side with each decision. Molding my facade to take on the tasks ahead, appearing to live the life I want. Somewhere here I hope to find, that genuine piece of me I left behind.
4 shot pano @35mm
ISO100 - F11 - 1/160th
From 10-06-18 Leavitt Meadow and the Walker River on the eastern side of #sonorapass This is one of my favorite views.
"Many who travel to mountaintops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion."
- Robert MacFarlane, Mountain
September 29, 2018
Topped out @ 11,570 feet
Featuring @j.c.andwilee & @tatgrloahu
Tall yellow weeds, the white bark of Aspen trees, and the late afternoon sun created a perfect portrait location. I love to find these locations while out shooting landscapes and then imagine them for portraits. What time of day the light would be best, color choices, poses, or even a theme.
Then when I set out for a portrait session, I will have a few places and ideas in mind. Add in the ideas and creativity from, the always gorgeous, model @amielriggs and you have the makings for something truly special.
Roadtripping from the Eastern Sierra and stopped at the PCT at Sonora Pass. This snow-covered icy pass kicked me in the butt twice. Once, when I got into a car accident after first visiting its snow-covered curves, and again, as I thru-hiked the PCT and its icy slopes put some serious fear into me. ⠀
This time, Sonora Pass, I come here as friend. A little older. A little wiser. You, with a lot less snow.⠀
This natural tree bridge made an un-explorable spot... explorable. Sometimes it’s not about just getting out of the car and shooting something beautiful, it’s about squeezing through a gap in the branches in search of a new perspective.
The colors going across Sonora Pass were peaking just at the perfect time when I was driving down the eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountain range along the California/Nevada border. #sonorapass#fall#autumn#leaves#aspentrees
I’ve started blogging again! If you want to see a million pictures of a beautiful fall mini road trip we recently took, click the link in my profile. And yes, Darin basically captured my dream photograph here. 🍂🌲🦌🍁🌾🐿
I love the geology changeover when you get near the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. A mix of volcanic layers and granite, all kind of eroding at different rates. Like a life sized sea monkey landscape. Or images from a deep sea exploration.
For travelers who cross in the shadow of Sonora Peak, the memory of this High Sierra road sticks like granite roots of gnarled and twisted junipers and reminds us that man is but a tenet of the Earth - unknown
🏞🚙 the intense sense of peace, elevation, adventure, and connection with Mother Earth I feel throughout Sonora Pass, from the clarity of the Stanislaus River and the serenity of Tuolomne Meadows to the chaos of the recent volcanic legacy cut by glaciers at 10,000+ feet - then the excitement of the Apache helicopters blowin’ debris at the high elevation mountain training center 🙌🏼 traveling this road with no schedule is a gift 🍂
This may have been the last time before the snow comes that I can explore this area because the road becomes impassable at some point each winter ❄️I will be back if December allows ❄️
⛰Reflections on 108: rocks tumble down the sides of high mountains onto man-made roads at unforeseeable times 🚙 With the proper knowledge and tools, I can change a flat tire on a remote cliff side instead of panicking ➿ sometimes a detour is the right path 🗻
Hiding out in and embracing the mountains, seeking to escape my reality.............. .....As the leaves fade and fall away, times progress very evident. I remember and realize your gone, a large chunk of my life forever changed.
......With each sunset comes the darkness and then morning beyond, it is here that I think of you most. ......My mind imagines you in places, often out here. Sitting next to me as I click each photo, waiting for you to tell me it's time to go. A whimper would turn to a rawr, a nudge to a full fledged clawing. ......My adventures will continue, carrying your spirit and memories with me. Your Angelic husky face a reminder to get out there, even when it is tough to go alone.
Sometimes getting to the trail is as much of an adventure as the actual backpacking. And sometimes the people you meet along the way can turn a crappy situation into a fun part of the experience. That happened when I was on my way to section hike the PCT in California. I tell about it on my blog. Link in bio. #gooutsideandplay#PCT#sectionhike#friendlyfrenchies#burningman
"Aspen to Snow"
I've shed my leaves for you,
Bared my naked branches,
Prepared my very being for you,
Let go of all that attaches.
I am waiting for you,
Standing strong in patches.
Seeking to be buried by you,
Surround me in batches.
A season of rest under you,
Warmth your icy blanket catches.