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Summit of Whitney (years ago), great weather, backpacking to the top and camping out up there, bringing my tripod and 300mm F/4 just in time to catch the late afternoon and sunset light. Tired but what a view. Not sure if I'll do it again someday, but it would be nice.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Inyo County: Sequoia National Park: Mount Whitney: Sunset from the 14,505 foot summit (the highest point in the lower 48 US States) looking North over Mount Russell at the waves of jagged Sierra peaks © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #mountwhitney #inyocounty #nikon #gitzo #highestinthelower48 #lower48 #sierranevada #sequoianationalpark

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On assignment, meeting a new friend while photographing south of Mammoth.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mono County: Mammoth Lakes: Portrait of a llama (a domesticated South American camelid) heading up McGee Creek and into the Sierra Nevada - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #llama #mcgeecreek #sierranevada #monocounty #nikon #camelid
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If I'm photographing at a well-known spot, I always hope to capture it in some unique way, and so I couldn't pass this up one summer day as the altocumulus clouds gave the Gates of the Valley a different look.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Valley: Gates of the Valley (El Capitan on the left, the hanging valley of Bridalveil Fall on the right) reflecting in the Merced River, with altocumulus clouds above, as seen from Valley View - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #yosemitevalley #nikon #gitzo #photographyisagift #graniteparadise #mariposacounty #sierranevada

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I'd rather search for scenes like this than look for Pokemons.

One of my favorite landscapes I've captured in Yosemite Valley, shot back in 1998. It speaks of everything this amazing granite gorge is - granite monoliths, thundering waterfalls, and towering pines. We backpacked up the Yosemite Falls trail coming across many wonderful views, but when I hit this switchback, I knew it was the perfect spot. I waited for the light to warm and wane, for the pines to drift into shade, and then snapped away giddy and electrified.

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USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Upper Yosemite Falls thunders down into Yosemite Valley as towering pines frame Half Dome in the distance © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #grumpyoldman #yosemite #graniteparadise #yosemitefalls #halfdome #yosemitevalley #nikon #gitzo #backpacking #sierranevada #landscapephotography #photographyisagift #yosemitetrails
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Not sure why the new Google+ doesn't show all the older albums of images I created, and wish I could just add or merge them with these new "collections". If anyone has advice, much appreciated!

Regardless, here's an HDR image I captured a year or two ago at Lower Grant Lake- what a beautiful sub-alpine lake nestled below Ten Lakes Pass in Yosemite. Pure granite heaven. :)

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Lower Grant Lake (9250 feet): The sun sets between a group of pines as the southwestern edge of the alpine lake reflects in its frigid waters, surrounded by granite boulders, fallen trees, and a subalpine forest © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #lowergrantlake #graniteparadise #sierranevada #california #hdr #hdrphotography #hdrefexpro #nikcollection

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If you haven't been to Yosemite Valley in the fall, do yourself a favor and go. From mid Oct to early Nov the colors are wonderful, whether isolated or in abundance.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Valley: Red autumn-colored tree sits amongst the pines along the banks of the Merced River - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide)
#sierranevada #yosemitevalley #nikon #gitzo #autumn #yosemitenationalpark
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One of my favorites from Olmsted Point. At dawn, it seemed like there would be no sunrise through the storm clouds, but it changed for the better, and only lasted a few minutes.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Morning sun shines through storm clouds above the granite domes, Mount Conness (12,649 feet) and Tenaya Lake, as seen from Olmsted Point - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) ‪#‎yosemite‬ ‪#‎yosemitenationalpark‬ ‪#‎nikon‬ ‪#‎gitzo‬ ‪#‎olmstedpoint‬ ‪#‎tenayalake‬ ‪#‎sierranevada‬ ‪#‎mountconness‬ ‪#‎graniteparadise‬ ‪#‎photographyisagift‬

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Inspired by painter Stephen Lyman.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Lower Grant Lake (9250 feet): A campfire glows below a star-filled night sky, along the southwestern edge of the subalpine lake looking west - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) ‪#‎yosemite‬ ‪#‎lowergrantlake‬ ‪#‎nikon‬ ‪#‎gitzo‬ ‪#‎tamron‬ ‪#‎mariposacounty‬ ‪#‎campfire‬
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Loved the view from Eagle Peak - need to get back there this summer.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: The granite monolith of Half Dome falls into shadows as alpenglow, the last light of sunset, touches the distant Sierra Nevada range, as seen from Eagle Peak - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) ‪#‎halfdome‬ ‪#‎yosemite‬ ‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎nikon‬ ‪#‎gitzo‬ ‪#‎yosemitenationalpark‬ ‪#‎graniteparadise‬ ‪#‎photographyisagift‬
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More granite paradise.

USA: California: Sierra Nevada: Mariposa County: Yosemite National Park: Lower Cathedral Lake: Sunrise reflections of unnamed peaks along the granite shores (near the John Muir Trail) - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #yosemite #mariposacounty #lowercathedrallake #nikon #gitzo #graniteparadise
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