Sierra Nevada Mountains - Sunset Mac & Cheese

On our recent backpacking trip into the Sierra Nevada Mountains we stopped at our favorite dinner location along the way. A nice quiet spot in the Alabama Hills looking up at the beautiful crags of Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states. When the sun started to set we were in for a breathtaking surprise of insanely beautiful color. Awestruck.

Convict Lake

The winds this day were gusting at something like 60-70mph at the water’s surface, causing mist to peel off and swirl high into the air. As you can imagine, the most powerful gusts were headed right towards where I stood on the small bridge separating the lake from the creek. Waves smashed against the rocks and I was nearly certain some unfortunate tree would break under the unrelenting force. It was a beautiful and humbling time to be here, at one of my favorite places.

by Cody William Smith

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Sand Harbor — Lake Tahoe (May 2014)

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.“

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Struck by how powerfully literature can capture a sentiment.  Grateful for laughter and family.  Counting sleeps.  Summoning and sending strength and love.

…to a magnificent week!


Yosemite National Park: Full Moon Snowshoeing

Last weekend we went to Yosemite National Park to go snowshoeing. All of these images are from that late night hike and all of these shots are lit only by the moonlight. Instead of using a tripod and long exposures which interfere with any kind of adventure I opted to use the new Sony A7S II camera, known for it’s insane lowlight capabilities. The camera was quite impressive and I was able to shoot some amazing stills and video (the video I’ll post on a later date). most of these shots are 1/60 of a second exposures and taken at 102,400asa all the way up to the camera’s maximum 409,600asa. The shots were taken with a Canon 24mm f1.4 lens. Even though the camera is amazing it’s autofocus with Canon lenses is horrible. Yes, Sony lenses focus quickly and accurately but I’m not a fan of their lenses yet. Regardless, I had a blast using this camera.