A few more weeks and it's time to get back up into the Sierra landscape. The one thing I really like about backpacking is really feeling imersed in the landscape. I think the part about making photographs just kinda became a way of slowing down and really getting that much deeper. Or it was something to do. Sure slowed me down and made me look at things. The part about actually exposing nice images hasn't come so easy as wanting to. The two images below are early shots that had problems. I finally got a decent scan of these compositions, but the shadows and dark tress still bother me, but such is life trying to shoot slide film in harsh light. but hiking along in the daytime that's about all you get at 10 to 12,000 ft. I took print film last summer and really like the more forgiving latitude for getting into those shadows. But I like these compositions. I really enjoy these areas and have been in them for years, with and without cameras. Climbing, hiking, photography, all good. This first image is looking back over Granite Park from near Italy Pass. This is an old unmaintained trail which we now consider a semi cross country route as the trail is pretty much a footpath, cairns, and comes and goes in places. One of my favorite walks in the Sierra where I try and get to every year. I like turning my Century Graphic on its side and composing verticle images quite often with the 103mm Tripotar. The full 6x9 frame allows for the big landscape with a big sky and near forground reasonably well. These little alpine meadows with small streams running through them are at times packed with bright flowers. Though the distant landscape suggests all is rock and barren, the forground contrasts this with flowing water and lush matted vegetation. There are so many lakes it's mind boggling. I know of a couple places where the water slows, is shalow and one can actually enjoy a dip, but more often than not, the water is frigid, and will take your breath away and about all I can handle is getting wet and out imediately and a couple splashes. I figure about 45 degrees average above 9,500 ft. Cold.