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Flowers and the Sperry Glacier

Flowers and the Sperry Glacier
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Copyright: Joshua Lewis (JoshLewis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 2 N: 248] (909)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-02 17:10
Viewed: 3147
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of a few pink flowers that had some water on them, I decided perhaps they would make a good photo. This was taken on the way to Vesper Peak, below Headlee Pass, on September 16, 2007. The mist was coming down as I was taking this photo. A unique time it was, but cold.

The Trip:
We were wanting to go on a hike during the day of September 15, 2007. Vesper was our choice, but unfortunaty we left late as usual so we decided to spend the night at the trailhead and brought my friends Mark and Sean. We had a camp fire that night and the weather did not seem to hold up very well vecasue the valley above was filled with mist. When we woke up, it was the came, mist everywere up the mountain, just as I was taking some photos, I heard some kind of music, trumpets and it was a very nice sounding thing, we wondered how could be music in the middle of the Cascade so loud, so I called it and to this day the Mountain Song. But turns out it was some guy hanging out at Vesper for a few weeks with his broken down van and his speakers playing loud, and he was fairly nice although I scared him when walking to find out thwat the noise was. We started off the hike and it was dark even though it was almost midday! There were blueberries along the sides of the trail, which some were good and some were not. Later my friend Mark wanted a Photo of him and a small glacier on the way (as seen in this photo), so I did so, but my other friend Sean who is a little imatture got in the way of his photo thinking it was funny. From here it pretty much went down hill, Mark threw blue berries at Sean thinking it would make him go away, and Sean thought they were rocks, so Sean starts getting angry and calling Mark names.... Oh no, I thought to myself. After a huge conflict with verbly fighting, Mark was angry and headed down, and my mom was cold so she decided that it was time to turn around, but my brother Michael who came did not want to leave and same as I, so we decided that we continue even without my mothers permission and said he would take all the blame. So we hiked up Sean me and my brother, and the mist just kept coming and going and it would pick up again. For those who know Headlee Pass, it is steep and in ways considered dangerous, but our Mountain Madness compelled us to keep going. Just before getting to the pass, it was so steep, if you through a bolder, it would tumble down about a 1000 feet back on the trail below, and my friend Sean kept throwing them and we had to get him to stop, and once almost hit me in the head with a bolder about the size of my head and lucky for me I have good reflexes and dodged it, and made him have to appologize. After the switchbacking up the steep Mountain, and got to the pass, it was starting to rain. Unfortunatly Sean did not bring a jacket, so I gave him mine, and I had an emergancy pancho which only partly coved me and by this point I was very wet. Once we got up near the top, it was time to turn around because I was so cold, I could not move my hand and my friend could hardly move, we had to keeep him in motion, because he was starting to get in some of the first stages of hyperthemia. On the way down, which was tiring, he would almost fall asleep from being so tired and cold and it would have been bad to carry him down the pass, luckily he never did fall asleep and we mangaged to get him to keep going and we got down safly and had Pizza near home. So remember to always bring a Jacket when going to the Mountains and make sure your friends do too! I can hear the Mountain Song to this day, no words, but a very unique noise, trupets and other noises, hard to describe.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Heaven: Thanks Markus!JoshLewis 1 06-11 14:39
To anel: Thanks Anel!JoshLewis 1 06-04 14:28
To PaulGana: Thanks Paul!JoshLewis 1 06-03 15:39
To joey: Thanks Joey!JoshLewis 1 06-03 15:35
To fragman: Thanks Ori!JoshLewis 1 06-02 23:15
To MartinL: Thanks Martin!JoshLewis 1 06-02 23:14
To tuslaw: Thanks Ron!JoshLewis 1 06-02 23:11
To Janice: Thanks Janice!JoshLewis 1 06-02 23:01
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-02 18:14]
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Hi Josh, good POV here showing the wet flowers. And the BG is great - showing us where this wild plant was found. How wonderful to have been there - but maybe it would be too cold for me,
Thank you for sharing this with us

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-02 19:10]
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I absolutely love this shot. The composition is perfect. The beautiful tiny flowers are reaching to the skies trying to make their mark in such a large world.
The lovely colours of the plant against the grey solemn mountain strikes a contrasting mood.
Well done Josh!!!


I like how you composed this shot. The flowers seem to be the only subjects that contain any 'healthy' color in this shot. Placed against the grayish background, they create an interesting feel to this shot. "We'll survive no matter what". Very nice work.

Best Regards,


nice pic, a flahs would be very useful in these conditions, TFS Ori

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-03 1:05]
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Hi Josh,
sorry I missed some of your latest photos, I will try to catch up.
Wonderful capture.
The DOF is superb because it shows the secenery and environment where this plant lives by not completely blurring the BG.
Very sharp and detailed.
The droplets are beautiful!
Excellent exposure.

Well done, Josh!


That is a funny story you told there. Kinda reminds me off my third climb of Mt. Bierstadt a couple years ago, I was guiding a Texan who insisted on doing a 14,000 foot peak, well you can guess how that turned out;-P

Cool shot, the DOF works well to show off the flowers as the main subject, with enough detail to see it's setting. I like the water drops on the flowers.

I also Googled Vesper Peak, not very high in elevation but the terrain desciption reminds me of Quandary peak, very rocky

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-04 5:30]
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Hello Joshua,
Picture full of mystery and also the saga of a foggy day in mountain. Coming from a mountain area I know that bad weather can be awful and dangerous on the heights. Your picture is taken from a very original point of view, something special, indeed.
Best regards

Hi Josh!

It's a wondeful story you tell us in your notes, I see you are a great mountaineer! I also like the picture very much: it shows us that there's no bad weather, just weather... I like the atmosphere very much and the droplets add to the value of the picture.

Kind regards


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