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The night at Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park was quite beautiful. The light pollution from Visalia was rather intense. The distinctive Castle Rocks and Paradise Peak sat across the Middle Fork from Moro Rock, and beyond their ridgeline, Homers Nose and Maggie Mountain in the far distance appeared under the rising the Milky Way. As always, gazing at our own galaxy was a humbling experience, which made the solitude more profound. I literally kept this giant granite slab to myself. Not a single soul was around as I was lying there and counting the stars while thinking about where I had been, where I was and where I was headed in life… What else does one really need?

Sequoia National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • 14mm / 33 sec at ƒ/2.8 / ISO 3200
  • Taken 8/22/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


    • Definitely! It was slightly cool while I was lying there, literally on my back, at the end of this giant granite rock. I was bundled up and taking my time to capture what I could, not really thinking about anything else… I was happy. No worries. No plans for a week later. Or a month later. Just living in the moment. Concentrating on the present. That’s what makes me happy in nature. I don’t think about anything else. I just focus on capturing those precious moments. While in that zone, nothing is better or worse. No one else is there. It is just me and what’s surrounding me. 🙂

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