1 week ago
Witches Blood. A red hue is cast upon Witches Tower and the backside of Dragontail Peak atop Aasgard Pass in the Enchantments. As the names tend to suggest, this area feels like it’s from another world. Having spent most of our time in the core, a few of us who were still around for the last night of our recent trip decided to head to this location in search of something different for our final sunrise. As we hiked our way through the dark, dodging patches of ice and pausing periodically to search for cairns, we noticed a perfect break in the clouds on the horizon. As many photographers have experienced, truly great sunrises are often seen well in advance as the sky will begin to glow, growing stronger and stronger until it finally explodes with color. This was one of those sunrises. However, this was not one of those sunrises that we got to experience… Sometimes one of the most difficult things about landscape photography is simply deciding where to go. And on this particular morning the three of us were committed to head west despite the clear and obvious signs that the best color would be in the opposite direction. I also was at a disadvantage being that I left my wide angle lens at home, mistaking it for a different lens that resulted in me having a very productive duo of 24-70 and 24-105 lenses… Fortunately my good buddy @iangastonphotography was nice enough to lend me his 16-35 lens just as the best light unexpectedly hit the mountain. Such a generous guy! At least until he started screaming for it back… But like magic, the beautiful light was gone. Sorry Ian. As we made our walk of shame back to camp, the sky continued to glow as if it were taunting us for making the wrong decision. The silence among us was deafening. “Hey there’s a goat over there!”, a nearby camp shouted as we passed. Perfectly posed on a cliff near a few golden larches, not a single one of us had the motivation to pull out a camera. Although it was certainly a successful trip overall, I knew at that moment we were all quite ready to head home.