Mountains - Dustin Waits
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Shot during an Eastern Sierra road trip in July of 2017. We spent most of this day in Yosemite Valley scouting locations for sunset photographs. Unfortunately, the valley was packed full of tourists, making driving a pain, and each spot was way too crowded to get a clean landscape shot. On top of that, it was a clear day with blank skies... not something you want as a landscape photographer. So we decided to leave the park and head out via Tioga Pass with hope that we would find some kind of cloud activity. Sure enough, we started seeing some clouds forming when we drove through Tuolumne Meadows. Once we made it to the pass, the sky opened up and gave us exactly what we were looking for. We pulled over just outside the east gate of the park to shoot the sunset in Glacier Canyon at the south end of Tioga Lake. The flowers in this peaceful and empty meadow were in full bloom, the mountain streams were flowing, there was some residual snow pack on the hike down, and the air was clean and refreshing. It was a great way to end the day and a perfect location to make the photographs we wanted.

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