Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada, CA

Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada, CA

Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada, CA

The John Muir Trail passes by Thousand Island Lake – a lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness I had long admired from beautiful photos.  Shortly after moving to the Eastern Sierra in the mid-1990’s, I made a pilgrimage (with a backpack heavily laden with film) to see Banner Peak reflected in the lake at dawn.  Wildflowers were at their peak, and I found a spot where the top of Banner Peak was reflected in the still water near shore.  A few clouds in the east added interest by shading part of the peak’s east face.  As the light crept down the face, the clouds shaded the peak, but when the sun warmed the tip of Banner Peak again, I clicked the shutter.

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