The 10,911 ft (3,326 m) Cathedral Peak towers over Upper Cathedral Lake and much of Yosemite National Park like an ancient sanctuary. During a colorful late August sunset the western slope picks up the last light of the day, as seen from the granite blocks 130 feet above the lake's surface and a deer browsing in the meadow to the left of the lake.
While in the distance the peaks of Matterhorn Peak, Twin Peaks, Camiaca Peak (most distant, right behind Fairview Dome) and Sheep Peak (left to right) loom just as majestically over Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada range.
I recently returned from a 5-day backpacking trip around Zermatt in the Valais Alps of Switzerland. The area close to the Italian border is THE summer eldorado for climbers and skiers with the highest located summer skiing region in the Alps.
The valley above Zermatt is dominated by the famous Matterhorn; probably the most recognized mountain in the world but Zermatt offers more than that and is surrounded by 38 4,000m (13,123+ft.) peaks. Some of which are seen here on the one colorful sunset I witnessed from an opposing ridge.
The peaks (from right to left) show the Täschhorn, Dom and Hohbärghorn, illuminated by the light show caused by a small window in the otherwise rainy sky.
I once again returned to one of my favorite spots along this little creek, tugged away in lush beech growth; now in its glowing fall dress. The sun burning through a high layer of fog provided just the right amount of light to make the golden hues really pop. This is a manual blend of three exposures; background at f/6.3 to freeze the leaves from blowing around during the exposure too much and sharp detail throughout. The other two exposures were shot at f/10 for the swirl action and safety reasons such as masking out a leave that left a yellow streak across the image while falling down during the exposure.
A colorful sunrise starts the day when a huge storm cell rolled through the Easter Sierra Nevada in California unfolding over Convict Lake and the Eastern Sierra crest with the first light of the day hitting the steep rock faces of Mt. Laurel and Mt. Morrison.
On my last day in the Banff Region, Kevin McNeal and I sped-shot several locations for sunrise in Kananaskis Country. From scouting the area the day before, we felt Wedge Pond would be the coolest spot for sunrise. So we camped in the parking lot for the night and woke up at sunrise for this shot. We didn't get much of a sky, but we got some cool mist on the water and a brilliant orange light on the mountain peaks. All in all, I enjoyed it. An amazing trip I'll never forget for sure. Enjoy and God Bless!
The lake is not a circle, but it totally looks like it from this viewpoint.
Location:Wedgemount Lake, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Equipment: Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm + Tiffen Polarizer. Technique: Photomatix Pro 4.1 and Photoshop CS5 from 3 RAW shot with AEB +1.5 EV, 0, -1.5 EV exposures. Follow me on Facebook:West Coast Scapes