Scenes of the Sierra Nevada

I occasionally think of myself as a competent photographer. While landscapes and haven't always been my thing, it's hard to walk through these scenes and not try to capture or document them. I thought it had been going OK, but when we got to the high Sierra, something happened. I found myself wholly incapable of capturing the world around me in any decent sense. This is not to say that I'm rehearsing a sense of self-deprecation on a blog, but rather to say that the scenery here is so amazingly grand I'm at a loss. The photos that had previously looked as if they accurately and somewhat eloquently represented the views I encountered now appeared dull when compared to what lie before me. 

The world that exists here is like none I've ever experienced. Not even close. In a word, it is rewarding. The nights are bitter cold and the sun beats down in the day. The altitude makes your lungs burn and your heart pound. But everywhere you look there are towering mountains, endless streams, waterfalls, lakes, valleys and forests. Each element is so immersive, so extraordinary. The Sierra really makes you work for it, but holy crap is the payoff sweet. 

I hope this gives you an inkling of the feeling it gives me to be in its presence. 

 Mile 788

Mile 788

 Mile 850

Mile 850

 Mile 821

Mile 821

 Mile 819

Mile 819

 Mile 841

Mile 841

 Mile 848

Mile 848

 Mile 789

Mile 789

 Mile 838. Sunset from Muir Pass

Mile 838. Sunset from Muir Pass

  Mile 818. Lower Pallisades Lake

 Mile 818. Lower Pallisades Lake

 Mile 867. Northern view from Selden Pass

Mile 867. Northern view from Selden Pass

 Mile 804

Mile 804

Cheers,

Jonathan