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As the moon rose, the Milky Way also started fading away, so I turned to Polaris. The stars were trailing around the North Star over Mt. Silliman, which marks the boundary between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Because its near 12,000-feet high summit, it was quite clearly seen from Moro Rock although it was far away. To its left, Panther Peak, one of the nearest peaks that we hiked by when we were backpacking the High Sierra Trail, rose. And to its left, Alta Peak, 11,207 feet high, and its ridgeline completed the mountain skyscraper. The moon was so bright that it almost felt like a sunrise, and the moonlit forest was coming alive again.

Sequoia National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • 14mm / 1,343 sec at ƒ/2.8 / ISO 200
  • Taken 8/22/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


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