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It was late afternoon when we arrived at Lower Cathedral Lake. I briskly scouted the area but it wasn’t what I had in mind, so I suggested my friends that we further hike up to Upper Cathedral Lake. Because the trail shared a short section of the John Muir Trail, which also ran along Upper Cathedral Lake, we came across a handful of thru-hikers either resting or setting up their camp for the night while going around the lake. We reached the bottom of Tresidder Peak, where the southwest corner of the lake offered the clear view of Cathedral Peak, the glacier-polished granite, as John Muir once wrote, as well as Eichorn Pinnacle, named after Jules Eichorn, who first climbed it back in 1931. I don’t know why it never occurred to me then though that hiking up Tresidder Peak even just a little bit higher would’ve provided me with a great vantage point. Oh well, maybe next time. For now, the reflection of the peak in the water was almost mirror like, and that was good enough for me. I patiently waited for the peak to glow in sunset lighting.

Yosemite National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 30mm / 50 sec at ƒ/11 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/28/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


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