Skiing in the Sawtooths

This photo was taken at the outlet of Little Redfish Lake on a beautiful morning with the mercury reading a crisp 15 below zero. This was my first attempt at cross country skiing and the Sawtooth Mountains made for a very memorable first time. We're definitely blessed living here in Idaho with such a wonderful playground so close.

 

I'm also thankful that I instinctively learned one of the best ways to quickly stop when your skis get away with you while approaching a riverbank down a slight downhill slope.... Falling over took just a second. Getting back up.... well, that took several minutes.

 

This is a hand-blended HDR using 3 exposures in PS with layer masks.

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Taken on February 4, 2012