Story behind this photo:
Yesterday I met my friends John and Andrew at the Mirror Lake trailhead around 4:30am to hike up TDH mountain and catch the sunrise. It was about 4 miles to the top, through the dark, and just as we crested the summit ridge we began to see a faint red glow developing in the clouds that was growing stronger by the minute. I scrambled around to find a decent composition, and liked how from this spot the trees framed up Mt. Hood with the little lake below. I waited a few more minutes for the color to reach its peak, and snapped this shot. A morning to remember!
Camera settings: f8, ISO 100, 1/4" @16mm
We also made a behind-the-scenes video from the adventure, if anybody is interested:
That new mirror lake trailhead parking area sure js nice
My home! You captured it beautifully. 🤗
Originally from Lafayette. Cloudland Canyon, I presume?
I used to live there! Lula Lake actually.
"Who will ever hear your songs?"
We ain't payin' yer credit card bill.
way to go!!
Way to go. A summit is a great place to be!
That’s awesome! Great job!! :]
Correct! Last summer, early August. The fires were wafting over and it made for some real strange looking atmosphere.
Did he say it was?
Was this past the lake?
The smoke in this picture makes me think it was either of the last 2 summers.
Been to Belgium a few times. Admittedly the highways kinda suck, Brussels is mostly ugly, I can’t ever figure out what language should be speaking...but... the people are mostly friendly, it’s full of history, the food is quite good, and the beers are world class!
Street fries and chocolate being served with coffee are two things that I will never complain about!
I’ve always loved Belgium, even Brussels. Amazing nooks and crannies all over the place. Beauty everywhere.
The grass is always greener on the other side :)
Thought I'd post something a little different. This is a photograph I took on the Mt. Rainier Skyline Trail in early October. It's been modified to look like more like a painting by using a deep learning based artistic filter application. is the original photograph.
This looks awesome -- as does the original. What is the filter called?
Thanks. It's an app called Deep Art Effects. They have a lot of filters, but I genuinely don't recall which style I chose. The best way to use the app effectively is starting with a strong original photo, then you play around a bit to find a style that works with it, and finally you adjust the intensity of the filter appropriately (filters are typically too intense when first applied). It's really easy once you get the hang of it.
Here is another example. The filter used here is Eagle, but it's turned down almost all the way to give a subtle almost Van Gogh like effect.
So basically this is kind of a good example of what it would look like on shrooms. (No, I’m serious)
Hmm, hiking seems to be the new popular family activity. And what amazing photos are coming out of this. Definitely something to cherish.
The trips are always the highlight of my year and I'm lucky enough to travel to quite a few cool places. We spend the night at a different alpine hut every time so it's always a new experience.
The trail infrastructure is great. It's not as remote as the US or Canada for example, but the network of huts is extensive, and means you don't have to carry a ton of food/water/fuel/shelter around.
My dad died five years ago. Our backpacking and Hiking trips are my favorite memories together and I will remember them for all of my days. I love that you do this with your daughter every year too. You're a cool dad, man. Good job.
Has it a name? It has...
The saturation is set to EYE MELTER
Yikes - I've only seen it with my eyes. It doesn't look like that.
Will you give it to me?
Ayyyyy! Good job. Crest is a booty burner for sure. I'm usually all jelly legs by the time I get to the bottom and need to wait for them to stiffen up so I drive back home.
The thing that sucks about being on the top of a mountain is that you look around and think, "god damn, I want to be on the top of that mountain!" So you climb that mountain, but it's just the same feeling all over again. Like a heroin addict chasing the dragon
So instead maybe you find a mountain that's on a plain, so that when you climb it you're at the highest possible point, and there's nothing else to steal your gaze. But when you do that, you just think, "man, I wish there were some mountains around here."
But seriously OP, that's beautiful. Good on you for making it up :)
Yeah, coming down was harder than I thought it would be since I didn't realize how damn steep it was until I had to walk down it haha. My legs feel ok now but I'm kind of scared to wake up in the morning lol
If he’s still around, I bet he’s so proud! If he’s not, he’s still proud! Awesome!
Yes he’s still around, thank you!! He couldn’t stop sharing stories of the equipment/facilities and lack thereof back in his days. It’s amazing how difficult it was for climbers back then, especially for higher altitude climbs. I gained a much deeper respect after doing it myself.
I did it solo with just a guide/porter. We ended up winging it and prayed there were rooms available during stops. It was a magical 8 day trip. Really hauled ass on the way back down.
It must have been a little surreal to be in the same place. Out of curiosity did you do this as a standalone trip or did you combine it with other treks like Base Camp?