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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
El Capitan

I took a backpacking trip through Yosemite which proved to be far more difficult than expected. After 18 hours of driving, 3 hours in stand still traffic, sliding off the road into a tree, and trailblazing 5.5 miles, in the middle of a snowstorm, through 5" of fresh snow, with a 40lb pack, arrived at Dewey point with zero visibility. We camped out for the night, Slept in our wet clothes in 13 degree temperatures and woke the next morning to see the sun peaking through the clouds. It was absolutely beautiful and such a relief to see the sun. When we eventually returned to the ranger station, the park had been cleared out for flooding, so we were the only ones on the mountain.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2017
Date Uploaded: 08.2017
Photo Location: California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D610
Copyright: © Brandi Dawson