Ahhh, Rae Lakes - beautiful spot, heavily used. This area can be approached on well-established trails from all four points of the compass. With 35,484,453 people in California, most of whom now walk on their hind legs, more then a few will always find their way here.
Just before I snapped this, a guy in Crocs (why are they always in Crocs?) ambles up the trail and starts scolding me for taking photos mid-day. Too contrasty, too harsh, too bright. Ugly light. Yabbida yabbida.
Now, I'm familiar with some of the cardinal rules of outdoor photography, but as a hiker carrying a camera, I'm faced with a dilemna: I'm here now, I won't be here later; if I want an image, I've got to take the picture...now.
By "golden hour" the clouds were long gone, and so was I.
More mid-day Rae Lakes foolishness: www.stevedunleavy.com/Landscapes/Sequoia-National-Park-Mt...