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Macomb Ridge

In Tilden Valley, Yosemite Wilderness, Yosemite National Park, California.


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This image is part of my Yosemite set.


This is a panorama, a stitch of thirteen (13) single exposures, all made with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.


Here's another panorama I made on my recent backpacking trip to the Yosemite Wilderness section of Yosemite National Park. This area is a little over 9100' in elevation and is the highest and furthest point we would achieve on this particular trip. What this image doesn't show is the amount of snow and flooding in this area. Sure, there's some snow across the lake and also on Macomb Ridge but there were vast snow fields that we encountered on our approach to this location. Due to the higher elevation here the mosquitos were tolerable but everywhere else on this trip they were out in force. I haven't encountered this many mosquitos in the Sierra since 2008.


This image was made on the afternoon of the third day of our six-day outing. When we encountered Park Rangers on our last day of the trip they asked us where we had been. When we told them that we were at this location they asked for our permits to verify that we were actually here and then they asked a lot of questions about the trail conditions leading in and out of this valley. They stated that this spot receives no more than fifty visits per year as it is so remote. Ironically, this particular lake is only about six miles and 800' elevation gain from the Pacific Crest Trail but I guess the section and through hikers don't visit it.


I made a lot of images here, from late afternoon (shown here) to last light on Macomb Ridge but I really like this sequence.





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Taken in May 2012