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Sunrise on Young Lake | by A Camera Story
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Sunrise on Young Lake

It made me feel Young again.

But I am not sure what did.

Perhaps it was the struggle involved in getting there like I did in the good old years.

Or the thousands of mosquitoes that swarmed me like it did in the good old years.

Or perhaps it was the carefree nature of that moment like it was in the good old years.


But whatever it was, it worked its magic this weekend.


So here I was, waiting on the shore of the Upper Young Lake on a cool morning amidst the thin and crisp mountain air at 10000ft (3000m) at 5:30 in the morning, waiting for the sun to rise up behind the Sierra Divide to light up the mountain range behind me. I waited and waited and the clouds played spoilsport and the good alpine glow never came. Plus, the winds were not exactly co-operating and started rippling the waters of the larger lake behind me.


So I had to turn around to the only place with a good water and good light. After navigating a maze of marshes making sure that I didn't fall into the water anywhere, I came across a small and still section of the lake looking north at Mt Conness.


As I waited, the blissful scene slowly unfolded before me: the sun started to light up the clouds, they all started with an deep orange glow which slowly spread across their width.

I was all alone to enjoy the scene. With only the hundreds of swarming mosquitoes to give me company...


Soon, there was enough light to actually make a decent shot of the scene, making sure I captured its reflections clearly.


View it on black


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Edit: Fixed some typos and grammar. It was late in the night when I wrote this.

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Taken on July 19, 2009