Larches are deciduous conifers that are native to the much cooler temperate northern hemisphere. They have bright green needles most of the year, but at the end of September to the beginning of October, the needles turn to a glowing golden yellow before being shed for the winter.
There is nothing quite like being enshrouded in fog and mist early in the morning. The intention was to capture an epic sunrise reflecting in Reflection Lake, but I didn't leave disappointed, even if the sun didn't come out this day.
The sun made several thoroughly welcome surprise guest appearances throughout our hike to Twin Falls. It made for some amazing light.
The summer wildfires, once again, made a smoky backdrop for photos. It was a challenging hike to get here, just because the air quality was so poor. Due to the haze and limited visibility, I turned this shot black and white, and turned up the contrast, a lot. I really like it though, so much so I printed it for my own wall.