After a long day and a 3.5-mile hike in the Alaskan wilderness, the youngest member of our family, Gretzky, takes a load off. We stayed at the Barber Cabin, at Lower Russian Lake near Cooper Landing, Alaska, for a few days in mid-August 2015. I snapped this photo as everyone was resting and unwinding after toting all of our gear in on the mountain trail. Gretzky didn’t carry anything, but he’s still a puppy and was just as tired as everyone else.
I took this photo in July, 2015. It was my first time visiting Independence Mine, up Hatcher Pass in Alaska. We explored the abandoned mine and followed various footpaths in the surrounding mountain scene. I really wasn’t sure where the trails would take me. Every once in awhile, a flash of orange could be seen scrambling up the rocky landscape. The color contrasted so beautifully with the gray of the mountains. Despite the contrast, the orange robes of the Buddhist monk seemed to belong in this setting.
As we were leaving, I looked back to see this scene. I managed to snap this photo from the back seat of a moving pick-up truck. I was surprised I was able to get the scene in focus and without motion blur. During post-processing, I desaturated everything but the orange to make the image stand out the way it always will in my memory.