Island Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming, USA by Robert Elenbaas

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The Wind River Range in Wyoming is one of my favorite areas for backpacking and of course photography. The glacier-carved lakes are not only surrounded by amazing granite peaks, they usually offer wonderful fishing. Island Lake, where this photograph was made, is about a 15 mile hike from the trailhead and provides a wonderful basecamp for exploring the surrounding areas, including the beautiful Titcomb Basin. We had been having a variety of weather on this trip in August 2017.

Suspecting that we might be in for an interesting sunrise, I awoke well before my campmates and headed to the east end of the lake. I first stopped to shoot a setting full moon reflected in a small, nearby tarn. As it got lighter, I noticed that the clouds behind me were beginning to break and headed for a spot that I had scouted earlier in the trip. I thought that it might provide a good view of the sun as it rose around a formation called Elephant Head. I was not disappointed!


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