Surrounded by granite

Nothing impresses you like hiking up to an immense wall of granite, and immediately feeling very small and insignificant in the greater scheme of earth’s history.

Cathedral lake, Sierra Nevada, CA

Entering a huge granite bowl from a flat meadow landscape, you stumble upon beautiful, pristine-looking Cathedral Lake.

Cathedral lake, Sierra Nevada, CA

Turning just slightly clockwise from the previous view brings the Lake into focus.

There is something pure and almost spiritual about being at high elevation (maybe it’s the lack of oxygen) surrounded by sheer, steep granite.  The landscape begs you to just stand in awe.  How long has it been here, how has it changed over time?  How many people have stood here and wondered?

Cathedral lake, Sierra Nevada, CA

Mirrored reflection of granite peaks makes the landscape, especially the granite, loom even larger.

Sunset at a sunrise Lake, Yosemite, CA

Changing light at sunset adds a new dimension to the granite landscape.

Sunset, Glen Aulen High Sierra Camp, Yosemite, CA

A vast landscape of rock that goes on forever…

alpenglow at moon rise on Cathedral Lake, Yosemite

Alpenglow at moon rise on Cathedral Lake, Yosemite

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