Calendar Photo of the Month- September 2015

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Every year I put together a calendar of my favorite images of the year. I order a couple for me, and one for my friend Bill. This year, Bill asked for more information about each photo to give it some context. And thus was born a recurring series on this blog. Every month I’ll take the photo from that month’s calendar page and tell the story behind it.

For Labor Day weekend last year, my friend Dave and I planned a three-day backpack in the Snowy Range of Wyoming. We would circumnavigate Medicine Bow Peak. The first day we started at Mirror Lake and traversed the front side of the range. The weather was cool and windy, and we could see clouds gathering. That’s when I took this shot back at the mountain. Later in the afternoon, it dropped 15 degrees in 15 minutes and started to pour rain. It rained all night, except for when it snowed. We tried to wait it out the next day, but the weather wasn’t getting any better. We kept telling ourselves that we’d keep going, but the act of compressing a soggy tent into the stuff sack with numb fingers, while it snowed and slushed on us, convinced us otherwise. We hitch-hiked back to the car. The first day was nice at least…

Technical Details: Canon 7D, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at 11mm, 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100, Silver Efex Pro.