Emigrant Lake Reflection (Photo of the week)

Mountains south of Emigrant Lake are reflected in the early morning light, Emigrant Wilderness, California
Mountains south of Emigrant Lake are reflected in the early morning light, Emigrant Wilderness, California

This week’s photo comes from a backpacking trip I did this summer with a friend. Emigrant Wilderness is a backpacker’s gem, especially once you get out of range of day hikers. Easily accessible from the San Francisco Bay Area, it is often overlooked due to Yosemite’s popularity. Once in the southern part of the wilderness which borders Yosemite’s northern boundary, it is not uncommon to go days without seeing another person.

This morning we had gotten up early and were on the trail by 6:30. We had situated our camp so that we would cross Emigrant Lake’s northern side just as the rising sun was cutting across the water at a low angle, bathing the southern mountains in beautiful light, and giving me a nice reflection in the lake. The lush grass along the shore was a bonus – the long shadows across the grass give a real sense of early morning stillness.

Here are some other shots from the same trip:

Granite stone and green grasses lead to Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California
Granite stone and green grasses lead to Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California
Yellow wildflowers dominate the grasses of Upper Relief Valley, Emigrant Wilderness, California
Yellow wildflowers dominate the grasses of Upper Relief Valley, Emigrant Wilderness, California
Jagged stump overlooks the western end of Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California
Jagged stump overlooks the western end of Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California