A year or so ago, I was invited to submit images to Rizzoli Press, an east coast book company that planned to publish a coffee table book on the Pacific Crest Trail. Eight pictures were selected. The book is marvelous. Written by Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann, it captures and preserves the spirit, the challenge, the essence of the trail for those who love and admire the PCT, and wilderness in general. The images are awesome, and I am humbled to be included. Here are a few of mine.
Recently, I was astounded to see a couple of these pictures included in an article that Nicholas Kristof posted on the NY Times blog about this book. Most significantly, the first picture above, Thousand Island Lake, is featured in the blog.
Meg and I spent our honeymoon in 1967 at Mammoth Lakes, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I suggested a day hike, going from Reds Meadows to Thousand Island Lake I had not checked the mileage, and only after we arrived back at the car in the dark, did I realize it was twenty miles round trip. Fortunately, Meg did not ask to annul our marriage 🙂
Forty years later, I hiked the John Muir Trail with a friend. We set up our tents at Thousand Island Lake just before a mild afternoon thunderstorm blew through. When it cleared, I was astounded by the gorgeous early evening light . It was huge “welcome back.”