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Solitude

Epic is a word whose overusage might cause it to throw up when used to describe the sheer beauty of the vistas on this trail in Grand Teton National Park. Existing superlatives aren't sufficient to portray the jaw-dropping landscapes one experiences on this trail. Mind-blowing scenery and mind-numbing effort come together as conjoined twins through every mile of the 36-mile long journey through the heart of the Tetons. This IS the Teton Crest Trail.

 

Lake Solitude: its very name conjures up images of peaceful serenity and tranquil wilderness. And its satellite view reflected upon towering granite peaks surrounding this beauty all around! And so, on the third day of the epic hike, after dragging 40lb of backpacking and photography gear through the heart of the park in temperatures that would make one wish he had dragged along and AC, I had my mind set on getting a decent sunset shot on this lake.

 

Unfortunately, the conditions were less than stellar. The mysterious clouds, which were so everpresent the last two days, had decided to take a rain-check today and the haze from a fire two states away realized it was the right time to come and play spoilsport. So I had to make do with camera tricks, including retrieving my trusty Blue-n-Gold Polarizer to extract some colors from a dull and colorless sky! A wide angle lens with an attached GND filter was utilized in this 2s exposure at ISO 100 and F14

 

Grand Teton National Park

WY USA

     

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Taken on August 12, 2012