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Marie Lake, John Muir Wilderness | by SteveD.
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Marie Lake, John Muir Wilderness

When I got to the Marie Lake area, just north of Selden Pass, I was stunned at the views. Eye-popping comps in every direction. Nice skies, no wind, flat water...had the whole lake to myself.


There are a lot of great landscape photographers here on Flickr - ever have this happen before? I went into a sort of reverie state for a couple hours - dropping my pack, dancing around, singing to myself; click, click, click. Seemed like I couldn't take a bad shot (I did, of course...), felt like I was born to do this (I'm not...). Plugged into the light, and the scene, and the camera. Click, click, click. It felt *good*.


Lost track of time, I forgot where I dropped my pack, found it after a while, made camp, and kept shooting. Cooked dinner but blew off eating it 'til later because I wanted to keep shooting. By then it was mush.


This is looking east late in the day. I believe the prominent peak is Seven Gables; if it doesn't look familiar, it's because it's usually approached and photographed from the east, i.e Vee Lake.


Downside: cold, cold night. Slept with the camera battery. Hopped out of the tent at dawn to try and warm up: not a cloud in the sky, dead still, frost everywhere, and some of the ponds were skimmed with a thin layer of ice.


There are rumors of huge trout here, but I wasn't carrying any gear.


Thanks for looking


© 2010 Steve Dunleavy


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Taken on August 29, 2010