When backpacking the John Muir trail with some great friends I remember how critical water management was for us. We were packing lightly, covering the trail with backpacks weighing in a 40 pounds or so. Included in these weigh savings was reduced water storage capacity. We moved from creek to creek, calculating what we needed to filter, drink or carry for how long. Water defined our journey in a quietly critical way.
Here’s a little snapshot I took of the eroding walls directly above Siyeh Creek in Glacier National Park. I’ve bought into the “as seen by our human eyes” landscape shots more and more. Don’t automatically put your wide-angle lens (24mm, 17mm) on in the great outdoors. Take in what your eyes see at 50mm. Yup – 50mm is about equal to the field of vision of a human eye. That’s why many people just love the “feel” of a 50. I personally love the way the Glacier wall is prominent, and huge, while it is accented with the coniferous trees below, and not a touch of sky above. And yes, these are BIG walls, but they seem even bigger if they can’t fit into a camera frame! [click on image to enlarge any picture] Continue reading