So Much To Be Thankful For

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Watching the weather. I pulled off the highway and watched for 1/2 hour.

It’s about this time of year when I start reviewing images and picking out my favorite images.  I’ve done this in the past  (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and have never narrowed it down to 10 images.  This year I’m only choosing 10 and I have about 100x more images than any other year to choose from.

With this in mind, I’m going to begin a series of blog posts highlighting some favorites.  They may or may not be in my Top 10 Images for 2013, but as a photography admirer, I get great pleasure from recounting experiences and imaging new ones through viewing images.  I suspect many out there are like this whether you shoot or not.

I’ve also realized I have many images that I haven’t shared or even edited!  So each post will be a bit of an exciting time for me too as recount an incredible and life-changing year.

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Mt. Whitney briefly says hello.

These images are from the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  I visited this area in early May with a goal of climbing Mt. Whitney.  The weather was stormy and the Sierras were covered in clouds a majority of the first 7 days.  Without ever seeing this range in person, I had no idea what to expect.  (Original post about Mt. Whitney)

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From a P&S camera, this happened quick!

The storm eventually swept through leaving feet of snow at the higher elevations.  This was exactly the break I’d been waiting for all week and I jumped on it.  Permit in hand and backpack stocked, I hit the trail and climbed.  It wasn’t easy and it became increasingly more difficult as I gained elevation due to deeper snow.  About 2 miles from the summit, the trail through the snow ended and I had to break my own trail to the summit.  It was up to my waist in places and at 14,000 feet, this becomes no easy walk.  I pushed on since I was feeling good and stood on top of the highest point in the United States in no time.

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All this happens before the sun rises. Insanely beautiful!

At this point I felt like I knew the Sierras a little better but the view only inspired me to explore more.  It’s November and I’m still on cloud 9 thinking about this special place.  Enjoy:)

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Meet the Earth.

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A very special green tea Kit-Kat at 14,496′ !

Smile:)

Smile:)

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