I’m heading up the 101 North on my way to Forks, Washington when I come to the South Shore Road that splits off and runs along Lake Quinault. Not being in any particular hurry and remembering some waterfalls listed on the map, I can’t resist the photographic possibilities and excitedly get back into proper exploration mode, versus the Miles-Davis-chill-mode that I had just been in for some hours. Volume goes down, seat comes upright, window down, heater on. Alertness: ON. Okay, I’m in the proper place.
I passed the beautiful Lake Quinault Lodge and found myself wanting to stay. It looks majestic and charming and the view and atmosphere are absolutely stunning. Before too long, I’m exploring the Merriman and Bunch waterfalls up the road, both of which are worth taking a peak at. And then, there it was, this old rusty truck, nearly swallowed up by the mossy rainforest. I suspect one of the neighbors made the sign, a cool addition, don’t ya think? I wonder if they meant Peace…
AN IMMORTAL MOMENT Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra, California
This is why you have to set the alarm to 4-something and get up out of your warm sleeping bag and get out there! It’s called Sweet Light and it is always a sight for the eyes and makes the heart giddy – or is that the sleep deprivation? Either way, it’s well worth waking for, even after a late night of cold-adult-beverages and the company of good friends. Hell, you can sleep during the day when the light sucks! and if you’re a little slow (a.k.a. hungover), there’s nothing like the Sweet Light to lift you up.
We camped at Oh Ridge Campground for a couple nights which is the perfect place to stay to shoot at Mono Lake. It overlooks the scenic June Lake and is a 20 minute drive from the campsite to the parking area at the State Natural Reserve along the north shore of Mono Lake.
I went down three times to this area over the couple days and walked away every time with shots I was happy with. Sure, I was lucky with the stormy skies, but even with clear skies, I think you could make some compositions work here – it’s just that interesting of a place! This image is looking west with the sunrise at my back. Most of my efforts during this spell were with a black and white aesthetic, but for this 10 minute period, it was impossible to ignore the color version of this amazing scene.