The High Sierra contains some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth, like this vivid blue sky and gorgeous, alpine meadow. That's Triangle Peak, center, on the horizon:
Here's a closer view of Triangle Peak and, in the foreground, one of the region's many crystal-blue lakes:
I've hiked to that lake several times. Usually, I go with wonderful fellow hikers like these characters:
Chocolate-dipped strawberries with a killer view, anyone?
Death by chocolate, indeed!
Some of the animals in the High Sierra aren't wild, of course. I couldn't move fast enough to get a photo for you of an adorable red mutt I met. She was wearing the cutest little protective bootees (rocky mountain paths are tough on dog feet). But I did catch this pup who decided, at the end of her trip, that she needed a cooling dip in the lake:
It's for breathtaking moments--and silly scenes like these--that I keep returning to the place that photographer Ansel Adams called "The Range of Light."
"Nevermore, however weary, should one faint by the way who gains the blessings of one mountain day; whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever."
--John Muir, 1838 - 1914, founder of the Sierra Club