Sunday, August 17, 2008

Clouds Rest Hike

Some of you may know and some of you may not that I am planning to hike Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,497' mid September with Jasen and a few work colleagues, I can't wait!! In preparation, I thought it would be time to have a few warm up hikes before the big show. Jasen actually did this hike a few weeks back and posted a pic on his blog. This hike was nothing short of some amazing views! I'll give you a guided tour...

The picture below was taken just before the trail head. Clouds Rest peak is the tallest peak in the picture on the left side of the image, just right on the tree. AWESOME!

The picture below is of a huge, gorgeous meadow just as you enter the trail.

About a mile and a half or so in we hit the switchbacks that seemed to last FOREVER! They were pretty intense for sure and pictures cannot tell how steep this climb was. I definitely was glad when those were over.

We saw a few deer along the way and I got the camera out just fast enough to get one as she crossed the trail. No bucks though :(

About half way in we came across a small lake.

Near the peak we stopped for a short break before the last assent to the crest and with the big clouds and scenery I couldn't help but take a picture. The tree's were starting to thin as we were approaching 9000' elevation which made it a lot easier to get some BIG pictures as well.

Almost there!! The last few hundred feet to the top!

YAY! Finally made it to the top!!! It seriously felt like we could touch the clouds with 360 degree views and gorgeous scenery. By far on of the best landscapes I have ever seen before!!

With half dome BELOW us and the valley floor far in the distance, it was well worth the climb.

...just having a little fun at the crest!

From left: Me, Bryan, Sean

At just over 14 miles and 3000' vertical elevation gain I would definately do it again and I can't wait to go back. Maybe take the long way to the top from the valley... maybe, haha.

Dawn and Kayla

Dawn contacted me awhile back and said her sister was coming into town from Oregon and they just HAD to get some pictures done of the two of them. I shot Dawn and her family awhile back in this post so I knew being able to shoot with her again was going to be a blast. Her and Kayla were both full of energy and well kind of goofy when they get together, haha! As you can tell from the pictures we had a great time and a lot of fun strolling around downtown Fresno. Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2008

NGP - Nichole and Oskar

This wedding was a blast! We shot in a SUPER dark church for the ceremony and afterwards headed to the Downtown Club for the reception where we got some great pictures. I couldn't wait to get these done for you all to see just how beautiful of a day it turned out to be. Don't forget to check Jasen's blog for some more great pics over at New Generations Photography. Please Enjoy!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

NGP - Allison and Joe

Another awesome wedding with New Generations Photography and a GREAT couple! Check out Jasen's BLOG post for some other great pics of the night!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

More Brodie!

Just picked up the wedding pics from Jasen that we shot a couple weekends back so I will be posting a few pics soon, but for now you get to see how much bigger Brodie has gotten already! Soo cute I know :)