Brian Ernst [Buck Forester]

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Hi. Allz I can say is I LOVE WILDERNESS ADVENTURE! I love backpacking, paddling, photography, and jumping out of planes with no parachutes. Well, I haven't actually jumped out of a plane with no chute yet, but maybe when I'm 97 I will. It seems more and more lately I have been focusing on snappin' photos on my wild adventures, which I'm sure the guys down at the Fuji lab are quite happy about. I still haven't made the transition to digital yet. I don't know what it is, but I still prefer the look and "feel" of Fuji Velvia 50 over digital images, although whenever I do it smears the emulsion with my fingerprints and ruins them. I don't take my photography seriously, nor do I take myself seriously. I'm serious about that. Wait, I can't be serious? Anyway, I backpack pretty much every weekend so I'll try and take down as much stuff as I add so my albums don't get too big. Ooops, too late for that. I also go by Buck Forester just for kicks and giggles and to keep the FBI on their toes. Happy clickin'! Life is good.


Lost Coast Backpacking

Single Photos

Sierra Stuff

JMT 2003


Lost Coast Scene 1

Lauri Backpacking Black Sands Beach

Always Smiling!

Lauri Hiking Lost Coast (3)

Wild Iris, Lost Coast

Heidi Hikes Along Lost Coast

Heidi & Sierra, Lost Coast

Sunset at our Lost Coast camp

Our camp in the morning, Lost Coast

Entrancing Sunset, Lost Coast

Lauri Holding Bear, Lost Coast

Heidi and Sierra running on Black Sands Beach

Lauri Silhouetted Against The Lost Coast

Lost Coast Campsite at Sunset

Lauri and Beverly and my dogs!

Beverly breaking down her tent, camp 2

Heidi bored near the shore of Mono Lake

Remote Area Inside Yellowstone National Park

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay (3)

Emerald Bay (4)

Emerald Bay (5)

Lower Eagle Falls, Emerald Bay (2)

Late Evening, Lower Eagle Falls

McWay Falls (1)

Big Sur Evening

McWay Falls

McWay Bay Evening (2)

McWay Falls (7)

McWay Falls (8)

Lauri and Christian at McWay Falls

Big Sur Sunset

Copper Creek entering S.F. Kings River

Copper Creek (Cedar Grove Roadend)

Patient Dogs, Grant's Grove

Where you goin'?

Heidi and Sierra checkin' out squirrels

Grant Grove Walkway

Heidi and Sierra checkin' out confluence of M.F. and S.F. Kings Rivers

Hole in fallen sequoia tree

Trees In Grant's Grove

Cedar Grove Trail, Kings Canyon

Lifting Storm, Kings Canyon

Ranger's Cabin, Cedar Grove Roadend

Snowing, Grant's Grove

Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

Grant Grove Stream (1)

Kings Canyon Sunset (2)

Sequoia National Park (1)

Creek through Grant's Grove

Misty Trees, Kings Canyon National Park

Another view of the Grant's Grove Walkway

Grant's Grove walkway

S.F. Kings River near Zumwalt Meadows

Bathing Pine

Heidi & Sierra hikin' in the snow

Evolution Lake

Lower Eagle Falls, Early Morning (1)

Lower Eagle Falls Morning, Extended Exposure

Heidi and Sierra Below Horsetail Falls

Heidi and Sierra near the top of Horsetail Falls

Glacier Point Alpenglow

Glacier Point View (1)

Last Alpenglow on Half Dome

Flowers on the way to Yosemite

Glacier Point Deer (2)

Glacier Point Sunset

Ribbon Falls / El Capitan

Nevada and Vernal Falls, Early Morning

Wawona Tunnel Overlook View

Hooper Lake, Sierra Nevada

Heidi Ready For Creek Crossing

Heidi catching golden rays

Pre-Storm Evening At Hooper Lake

Mono Turning Golden

Looking Towards The Sunrise

Shooting Stars, Hooper Basin

Indian Paintbrush, Hooper Basin

Dave backside Mt. Whitney

Hitchcock Lakes View (2)

Hitchcock Lakes View (3)

Last glow... sunset at Marie Lake

Sunset alpenglow on mountain behind Marie Lake

Vernal Falls

Vernal Fall Rainbow

Moon over fiery clouds

Another shot of the setting Moon

Center Peak, late afternoon

Bubbs Creek near Center Basin

Morning Clouds near Center Basin

Clouds over Center Peak

Morning, Upper Bubbs Creek Near Center Basin

High Sierra Volcanic Eruption

Evening Alpenglow near Center Basin, JMT

Touristy shot while waiting to hike the JMT

Another touristy shot while waiting to hike the JMT

Dave atop Forester Pass, JMT

Center Peak over Upper Bubbs Creek

Ridge Of Gold

Evening Clouds Above Guitar Lake

Jim contemplates storm clouds at Guitar Lake

Pond Below Mt. Whitney

Evening Vista From Near Guitar Lake

Golden Ridge Above Guitar Lake

Evening View From Near Guitar Lake

Evening Skies - Great Western Divide

Timberline Lake

Jim Descending Forester Pass

Deranged at Marie Lake

JMT at Marie Lake

Plum Crazy

Our campsite at Marie Lake

Early Dawn, Outlet of Evolution Lake

Evolution Lake, Sunrise

Evolution Lake Sunrise

Post Sunset Taken From Outlet of Evolution Lake

Outlet Cascade From Evolution Lake

Mars Trail Over Evolution Lake

Sunset From Outlet Of Evolution Lake (1)

Sunset From Outlet Of Evolution Lake

Wide Angle View, Sunset Evolution Lake Outlet

Jim Pauses Trailside, Garnet Lake

Sunrise, Hitchcock Lakes

Early Morning, Hitchcock Lakes

Shadow Creek and Volcanic Ridge

Early Morning Glass, Thousand Island Lake

Pond Between Dollar Lake and Arrowhead Lake, Rae Lakes Basin

Our Camp At Marie Lake

Evolution Valley Sunset

Jim and Dave Hike On Toward Forester Pass (northside approach)

Pond Between Dollar Lake and Arrowhead Lake, Rae Lakes Basin

Pond Near Rae Lakes

Dave and Jim atop Pinchot Pass, High Sierra

JMThree Atop Pinchot Pass

Fin Dome over S.F. Woods Creek, Rae Lakes Basin

Jim Atop Pinchot Pass

Jim Hiking Near Cathedral Peak

Dave Crossing Evolution Creek

Cathedral Lake

McClure Meadow (1)

McClure Meadow (2)

Dave Crossing Evolution Creek (2)

McClure Meadow (3)

Jim Crossing Evolution Creek

Cathedral Lake Afternoon

Dave Hiking Trail To Rae Lakes

Ridge approaching Forester Pass, JMT

Ridgeview, Approaching Forester Pass

Grouse Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park

Windy Flowers, Grouse Meadow

Middle Rae Lake, Kings Canyon National Park

View of our camp at Evolution Lake

Evening At Evolution Lake

Evening At Evolution Lake

Evolution Lake Outlet, Late Evening

Jim, Closeup, Top Of Pinchot Pass

Dave, Closeup Shot, Upper Kern Basin

Flowers Under Banner Peak

Evening Storm Clouds Over Ridge Near Thousand Island Lake

Evening Storm Clouds Over Ridge, Thousand Island Lake (2)

Little Pete Meadow (2)

Little Pete Meadow (4)

Little Pete Meadow

Marie Lake (1)

Jim at our Marie Lake Camp

Jim's Hotel

Marie Lake (3)

Heart Lake (1)

Heart Lake (3)

Tarp Life, Cooking Breakfast at Thousand Island Lake

Life is good®!

Evening at Marie Lake, Panorama

Dave and Jim Prepare For The Soon-To-Come Rain

Last Of The Alpenglow

Yet Another View Of Marie Lake Evening

Afternoon on Marie Lake

White Socks, or JMT Tan?

Highest Marmot in the Lower 48?

Mountain Behind Marie Lake - Afternoon

Mountain Behind Marie Lake - Evening

Marie Lake Evening

Marie Lake Evening (3)

Shoreline Trail, Evolution Lake

Trail Beaten

McSnore Meadow

Mt. Mendel Reflections - Looking towards our campsite, evening on Evolution Lake

First Trailside View of Garnet Lake

Jim Finishes Filtering Water, Evoluton Lake Evening

Looking up at the Evolution Peaks from McClure Meadow

Jim and Dave making their way down Woods Creek

Looking Towards Donahue Pass from the Lyell Fork

Jim Enjoying The View From Near Our Camp, Lyell Fork Of The Toulumne River

Silky Falls, Woods Creek

Middle Fork Kings River Between Little Pete and Grouse Meadows

Little Pete Meadow

Waterfall descending from Ladder Lake

Evening From Our Campsite At Lyell Fork

Near the Outlet of Evolution Lake

Dave and me celebrating atop Glen Pass

Forester Pass (1)

Jim descending down Forester Pass

Jim and Dave at Trail Camp under Mt. Whitney

Jim's broken trekking pole

Rainy morning on top of Seldon Pass

Marmot near Trail Crest

Kaweah Ridgeline from Wright Creek

Dave "The Human Pumpkin"

Trail Crest - Another Milestone!

Golden Trout From M.F. Kings River

Trailside Sunflowers

Dave and Jim hiking through Evolution Basin

Jim, Myself,and Dave at Muir Hut

Sunset, Middle Rae Lake

Pond near Evolution Lake

Dropping into Tully Hole

Jim ascending out of Lyell Fork meadow

Jim at Cathedral Lake

Jim hiking out of Sunrise Camp area

Looking back down on Lyell Fork

The Muir Hut Gang

Middle Rae Lake, Evening

Jim and Dave at the inlet of Evolution Lake

Middle Rae Lake from the JMT

Jim at Marie Lake camp

Jim Hiking Towards Island Pass

Morning Mist on Lyell Fork Tuolumne River

Ground view of our camp at Lower Palisade Lake

Evening Alpenglow over Mt. Mendel

Mt. Mendel Alpenglow From Evolution Lake

Jim Filtering Water From Duck Creek

Shadow Creek, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Fiery Clouds At Sunset

S.F. San Joaquin River (2)

Wide Angle Skyview

Misty Morning, Lyell Fork

Wright Creek, High Sierra

Western Sky From Wright Creek

Alpenglow on Mt. Whitney

Mountains All Around Us!

Evening Alpenglow

S.F. San Joaquin River

Camp Near S.F. San Joaquin River / Piute Creek

Purple Lake

Purple Lake

Tully Hole

Ascending Towards Glen Pass, Rae Lakes

Center Peak over Bubbs Creek

JMT Near Island Pass

Lembert Dome Alpenglow

Tuolumne Meadows Evening

Evening - Tuolumne River

Tuolumne Meadows Evenng

Buck near Vidette Meadow, JMT

Waterfall Near Outpost Camp

Me On Whitney Summit

View Through Pinnacles, Mt. Whitney Trail

Looking Through Window Between Peaks, Mt. Whitney Trail

Hiking Near Bighorn Plateau

Lyell Fork Meadow

Eerie Evening, Sonoma Coast

Turbulent Surf, Sonoma Coast

Meadow Near Wright Creek

Banner Peak Clouds

Jim Descending Into Shadow Creek

Echo Peaks

Jim Hiking backside of Donohue Pass

JMT Between Donohue Pass and Island Pass

Jim Hiking Under Cathedral Peak

Mt. Ritter, Nearing Island Pass

Waterfall from Evolution Creek into Goddard Canyon

Our Campsite, S.F. San Joaquin River

S.F. San Joaquin River

Shadow Creek near Minarets

Looking down on Lyell Fork Meadow

Jim descending Woods Creek

Waterfall on Woods Creek

Alpenglow on peaks above Marie Lake

My tarp at Marie Lake

Trail View, JMT at Marie Lake

Evolution Lake Morning

Evolution Lake Outlet-Morning

Hiking through Bighorn Plateau

Hiking near the upper Kern River basin

Painted Lady above Rae Lakes

Self Portrait hiking up Forester Pass

Tulainyo Lake from summit of Mt. Whitney

First light on ridge behind Mt. Whitney

Great Western Divide from Mt. Whitney

Great Western Divide Catching Morning Light

Rae Lakes Basin

Center Peak (1)

Center Peak, Cloud Afternoon

Self Portrait, Upper Bubbs Creek

Meteor Storm?

Thousand Island Lake - Morning

Near Big Pete Meadow, Le Conte Canyon

So far, so good!

Meadow at the head of Evolution Valley

Dave at outlet of Evolution Lake

Evolution Valley from Evolution Lake Outlet

Evolution Peaks Silhouette

Hiking Towards Little Pete Meadow

View of Little Pete Meadow from JMT

Morning skyview from our campsite on Mono Creek

The JMT above Vidette Meadow along Bubbs Creek

Descending Towards Trail Camp

Descending Mt. Whitney

Jim Pausing At Trail Crest

Mt. Whitney Trail Below Trail Crest

Consultation Lake and Owens Valley From Mt. Whitney Trail

Looking Down Towards Vidette Meadow

A Secret Sierra Lake

Silky Surf

Fin Dome Over Lower Rae Lake

View North From Muir Pass

Dave and Jim on Forester Pass

Jim checks out the southward view from Forester Pass

Happy to be up on top!

Too much film on my hands!

No Cutting Switchbacks Here

Charlotte Lake from the JMT

Jim Descending Southside of Glen Pass

Post Sunset at Lower Palisade Lake

Alpenglow at Lower Palisade Lake

Moon over Lower Palisade Lake ridge

Sunset on Palisade Peaks

Alpenglow on Palisade Peaks above Lower Palisade Lake

Late Evening From Lower Palisade Lake Outlet

Flower at Thousand Island Lake

Looking Down on Rae Lakes while ascending Glen Pass

Mountains Over Marie Lake

Jim Checks Out Le Conte Canyon Cascade

Wide Angle View, Rae Lake

Afternoon on Lyell Fork of Tuolumne

Heart Lake from above

Jim on JMT alongside Heart Lake

Nearing Marjorie Lake / Pinchot Pass

Descending Upper Le Conte Canyon

Painted Lady / Upper Rae Lake

Upper Kern Area

McClure Meadow Panorama

Horses near Topaz Lake

Heidi and Sierra at Mono Lake

Predawn Mist, Mono Lake

Morning Alpenglow, Mono Lake

Mid-morning, Mono Lake

Colorful Sunset, Grouse Ridge

Five Lakes Basin, Grouse Ridge

Ferns along Horse Mountain Creek, Lost Coast

Silky Waterfall, Sinkyone Wilderness

Christian & Heidi

Heidi Fetching Stick, Lost Coast

Christian Defends His Noodles!

Cooskie Creek Evening, Lost Coast

Looking up Cooskie Creek

Hiker Silhouette, Lost Coast

Colorful Evening, Shipman Creek

Long Exposure, Lost Coast

Shipman Creek as it enters ocean

Low Tide Long Exposure, Lost Coast

Sunset over Shipman Creek

Cabin at Four Mile Creek, Lost Coast

Cooskie Ridge View, Morning

Cooskie Creek, Early Morning

Tent and Moon, early morning at Cooskie Creek

Shipman Creek Evening (3)

Hiking Northern Lost Coast

Break Time, Lost Coast

Tim Crossing Shipman Creek, Evening

Posing at waterfall, Lost Coast

Late Afternoon Hiking, Lost Coast

Jake's Bigfoot Gait Impression

Tim fixing his van, Mattole River trailhead

Around the Campfire, Cooskie Creek

Hiking open beach stretch, Lost Coast

Bath with a view

Old Cabin near Sea Lion Gulch

Breakfast at Shipman Creek

Brad getting slammed by waves

Jake gives Leslie piggyback across Big Flat Creek

Descending towards Shipman Creek

Shipman Creek Evening (7)

Big Splash, Lost Coast Evening

Cooskie Creek Camp, Evening View

Sneaky Marmot at Trail Crest trail junction

Jim and Dave hiking on ridge towards Forester Pass

Upper Bubbs Creek

High bench between Guitar Lake and Timberline Lake, looking west

Last of the evening light, near Guitar Lake

Last meadow before Forester Pass (north side)

Photo of rocky Guitar Lake

Jim nearing Donohue Pass

We gotta go up that?

Pond near trail towards Forester Pass

Always a good sign to see!

Boat shuttle across Thomas Edison Lake

Dave crossing "The Golden Gate of the JMT"

Hiking through burned section of trail

Evening sky from our S.F. San Joaquin River camp

Wide Angle View, Approaching Evolution Lake

Yellow Flowers

Wright Creek

Looking Back On Palisade Lakes

Jim Hiking Near Sunrise Camp

Jim Hiking Along Lower Palisade Lake

M.F. Kings River in Tehipite Valley

Merced River, Yosemite Valley

Classic Wawona Tunnel Overlook View, Yosemite Valley

Double Rainbow, Bridal Veil Fall

Pioneer Basin Sunset

Pioneer Basin, Lingering Alpenglow

Ediza Creek Morning, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Ediza Creek, Minarets

Waterfall, Minarets

Pioneer Basin Afternoon

Fourth Recess Lake

Summit Lake, Mono Pass

Tufas, Mono Lake Morning (1)

Magical Evening, Pioneer Basin

Tufa Sunrise

Tufa Sunrise (2)

Look, I'm Balancing On My Tarp!

Indian Grinding Rock, Ahjumawi Lava Springs

Sierra enjoying the sunrise

Skyview, Pioneer Basin Afternoon

Late Afternoon, Pioneer Basin

Heidi and Sierra Paws On Flower-Lined Trail To Ruby Lake

Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak

Pine Lake Afternoon (1)

Pine Lake (2)

Granite Park Morning

Crown Creek below Silver Spray Falls, Tehipite Valley

Mossbrae Falls

Temple Crag over Second Lake

First Lake Evening

Flowers at Long Lake

Hiker Reflecting On Beauty

Lake Basin Mid-Morning

Starry Starry Night

Meandering Meadow Creek, Lake Basin

Bench Lake late morning

Bench Lake, Wide Angle View

Arrow Peak over Bench Lake

Pioneer Basin Afternoon

Meadow Creek, Lake Basin

Mossbrae Falls Scene

Kayaking Badwater, Death Valley

Calm Between Storms - Mono Lake Winter Kayaking

Tufa Sunburst

Lenticular Clouds over Tufa Tower

Winter Star Trails

South Tufa, Winter Kayak Trip

Kayak View, South Tufa Morning

South Tufa Cove, Winter Kayaking

Snowshoes and kayak

Spooky Serenity

Eagle Falls Evening, Emerald Bay

Cascading Snowmelt, Emerald Bay

Early Evening, Yosemite Valley

McWay Falls, Big Sur Coast

McWay Falls, Tropical Big Sur

Rainbow Falls Morning

Kayaking Can Be Such A Drag

Frozen Beach

Marsh Lake Morning

Heidi and Sierra at Marsh Lake

Hiking Little Lakes Valley

Camp at Evolution Lake

Rainbow Falls

Marsh Lake, Little Lakes Valley

Yosemite Valley View

Second Lake

Second Lake Morning

Lost Coast Hiking

Looking Back At Evolution Lake

Copper Creek, Kings Canyon

Mono Clouds

Valley View Evening

Surreal Evening, Lost Coast

McWay Fall Afternoon

My Step-Dog "Bear"

Kayaking Mono Lake - Winter

Sun Breaks Through, Mono Lake

Lone Cypress

Long Exposure, Lone Cypress