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Day Two

A day hike up Rapid Creek and back down

Little Sandy Trail from Big Sandy Lake camp

Big Sandy Lake

The earth is enough, and if it isn't, I need to pay more attention

Temple Peak

In god's country and no need for gods.

Palms together, head bowed, give thanks

Miller Lake and Warbonnet Peak

The aesthetic confluence of lake, rock and mountain is a rapture unto itself.

Photography is so paltry in comparison to being there, and yet.

Temple Lake and Temple Peak

One of my favorite photographs

Whitebark Pine

The co-dominant treeline tree along with Engelmann spruce.

Wind-gnarled, living a thousand years, without prayer

Whitebark Pine

In trouble from bark beetle, blister rust, and changing climate.

Grizzlies depend on its seeds

And the co-dependent Clarks' Nutcrackers are an abundant, raucous lot.

Whitebark Pine

Do I like the lakes better than the surrounding pines?

Can we separate these, can we separate anything?

Warbonnet Peak and Miller Lake

A faint social trail appears and disappears up the valley.

Humans were made to walk.

Deep Lake

Peaks left to right: Haystack Mtn, Steeple Pk, Lost Temple Spire, Temple Peak

Although this is supposedly one of the best climbing areas in the Winds, I didn't see anyone all day

on this perfect, warm, end-of-summer ramble.

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Slopes of Haystack Mountain

Vertical stains of black manganese, an ancient calligraphy

Deep Lake and Lost Temple Spire

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