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MOONRISE OVER EAGLE SCOUT PEAK

Night fell at Precipice Lake. This was our second night on the High Sierra Trail (HST), and it was definitely a lot colder than the first, thanks to the wind blowing nonstop through the Kaweah Gap, besides the high elevation. I knew that the moon would rise early, meaning capturing the Milky Way was out of the question that night. But, I also knew that the waxing gibbous moon would rise over Eagle Scout Peak (12,020 feet). I settled in right by the water. Completely mesmerized by the precipice and its reflection, I waited for the moon to rise over the the peak towering over the lake. I wished that I had time to climb that peak. One more reason to come back, I thought to myself. Soon the moon rose, and the entire place was illuminated like in broad daylight.

Sequoia National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • 14mm / 30 sec at ƒ/2.8 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/13/2016

© 2016 H Peter Ji

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