Granite and Green

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  1. This is a soothing and peaceful place to rest. The light is playing a very subtle role here. Lovely photograph.

    September 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

    • Thank you, Pattu…and yes, the morning light was wonderful up there. I think I could have sat there for hours. 🙂

      September 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

  2. Beautiful Scott. 🙂

    September 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook. 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

  3. Those rocks look a lot older and more worn that I’ve imagined western rocks looking. It also looks like a good place for animal dens.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

    • I’ve read that there were glaciers in these canyons many many years ago…so I don’t know if much of the smoothness you’ve able to see is from the weather or the sliding ice. I’ve not noticed any of the typical slide marks on these rocks that I’ve seen on others in the other canyons, so I’m more inclined to suggest that they were simply worn by the weather. And yes, I would guess that there are some wonderful hiding places/dens for the critters up there, too.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

  4. Nut Balls

    What a great combination that is…and prettier still with granite and orange, yellow, red, and remnants of green 🙂

    September 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • Yes, Nate…those other colors are likely a bit more prominent right now than they were in this particular spot when I made this photo…ready to go back for another eight hours of hiking to check it out…all the way to the top? 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

  5. The light is just right in this shot, Scott. Reminds me a bit of approaching Yosemite from the eastern side – similar coloured rock and boulders on that aproach.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

    • I’ve not had the pleasure of approaching Yosemite yet, Andy, but I can imagine that it must be a beautiful experience.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

  6. What a place! I am in awe of it.
    Scott, your landscapes are so beautiful.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • I share your awe, Karen…every single time I go out there…regardless of the season or time of day, it is just so strikingly beautiful to me…. Thank you.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:52 am

  7. Amazing that anything can grow amongst those huge boulders, much less mighty trees. Lovely spot to stop and rest awhile. Even nicer to bring it home with you…. 😉

    September 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    • It is amazing Gunta…but there is quite a bit of dirt up there, too, among all of those boulders. And you’re correct…it is such a lovely spot. Between that flat slab in the foreground and the large boulder just beyond it, there’s a chute in the rocks where the stream passes…and then it tumbles over more huge boulders…supposedly in a magnificent cascade during the snow-melt. I’ve only seen it during the non-melt season…still pretty, but nothing like what it can be. And yes, it is so nice that I/we can bring it home, too. 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

  8. Great shot Scott, that’s exactly how I imagine the hills in that part of the world. I really like the colours, the light is perfect.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • Thank you, Finn…there are many types of rock out here, so different even in the other canyons that are nearby…but I think this white granite is especially beautiful.

      September 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

  9. I love that shot Scott! THe light was perfect!

    September 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    • Thank you, Terry…nice morning light, fresh from just coming over the mountain-top. 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

  10. Victoria

    Beautiful place and wonderful shot. Looks like the light was perfect to capture all the detail.

    What time of day was this and what camera settings did you use please.? I don’t often get out in an area to take a landscape, but if I do, I’d like to learn from your experience in taking these type of shots. I suspect that our Australian sun is too harsh to capture a scene like this (unless one is very experienced and it is Autumn or Spring type of softer light).

    Unfortunately, it always seems to be around midday when I start my walk and the sun is directly overhead. I miss many photo opportunaties due to the time of day I go out.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…and yes, the lighting was perfect. I made the photo only minutes after 10:00 and had the camera on manual setting. The RAW info from the photo is as follows: ISO 80, 4.9mm focal length, F/4.6, and exposure time was 1/500 of a second. If the shot was taken two hours later, the sun would likely have been too harsh, completely washing-out the granite…..

      September 13, 2012 at 7:04 am

  11. smackedpentax

    superb! excellent photograph…and it looks a great place to go scrambling too!

    September 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

    • Thank you, S.P. And yes, there could be a bit of scrambling around there…definitely some up the trail on those boulder fields from a post or two back…. 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  12. Very strong and imposing. Great shot Scott. 🙂

    September 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    • Thank you, Nancy…it’s like a whole-body experience up there…tapping into the mind and emotion, as well.

      September 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  13. Lovely place, such a lovely place. The scale of the outcrops, the size of those trees, like a virgin earth, pristine and untouched. What grandeur. Thanks Scott.

    September 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    • It is all of those things, John…and aside from the literal trails up there, there is usually very little sign of visitors having passed through. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo…and you’re welcome, too. 🙂

      September 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  14. The mount is very old and well eroded by weathering. It has seen many eras of an eon in geological terms. It has been succumbing to the growth of plant life for some time now and this will hasten its erosion. It is a classic example of the change from barren mountainous terrain to being transformed by nature to a mountainous treeline landscape. Scott, you have caught geological change as if it is frozen in time. Wonderful photography. You always capture thought provoking themes in your photography. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

    • Thank you for the wonderful comment, Steven…and you’re most welcome, too. 🙂

      September 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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