Lakeside Solitude (Photo of the week)

A backpacker sits in the early morning sun, enjoying the peace and quiet of a mountain lake.
A backpacker sits in the early morning sun, enjoying the peace and quiet of a mountain lake.

This week’s photo was taken on a backpacking trip this summer to one of my favorite lakes. Boundary Lake in northern Yosemite is one of those perfect High Sierra lakes with smooth granite dropping off into crystal clear water. Thanks go to my brother Jake for offering to act as my model for this shot.

With this photo, I was attempting to capture the feeling of waking up in such a beautiful, quiet place, and the promise of the warmth of the morning sun as it rose over the eastern crest. There is nothing quite like brisk dawn air, a hot cup of coffee, and no sound other than the gentle lapping of water against the rocks.