Inyo National Forest, California, USA by Olivier Steiner

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I fell in love with the Bristlecone Pines during my first visit of the White Mountain, in 2007. For the next 8 years, I tried to visit this amazing place at least once a year. I like to spend a couple of days up there, far from the crowd, waking up early in the morning, to enjoy the first light on those magnificent trees as well as on the Eastern Sierra. In July 2011, I was focusing on a large picture of the trees, including the wide landscape of the Sierra.

One morning, I was simply hanging out there, my tripod facing West. When I turned, I saw the sun coming right through this old dead tree. I stopped what I was doing, changed my set up and shot this tree and the sun playing with it. That was unexpected and it is still a great souvenir of this amazing time. I don't think summer is the best time to shoot in the White Mountains, but days are long and even if the camera remains in the bag, it is still a great place to simply be.

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