Convict Lake Sunrise

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Sunrise over Convict Lake – Eastern Nevada, California. [on black]

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.” — May Sarton



After two stressful work weeks, I packed my snowboard and camera gears and headed up the mountains. I spent all Saturday on the slopes then took Sunday off to shoot some photos.

I didn’t want to go too far for a sunrise shoot, so I decided to return to Convict Lake. It was difficult getting up at 5am after riding my heart out the day before, but I eventually made it out to the lake. I sat by the lake side for two hours, enjoying the early morning solitude. There was no other distraction but the soft morning light and the slight breezes dancing with the mountain reflections in the water. View like this made my twelve hours round trip worth every minute.

Last year, I shot a similar photo showing a few fishermen fishing during the early morning hours, Dawn Light over Convict Lake. This time, I decided to do a back and white version. The picnic table in this shot was in the same area that I shot last Fall’s Season Change photo. This empty picnic table in the water might convey a sense of aloneness and isolation, but I love every single minute of my time on the lake. I couldn’t find words more fitting than May Sarton’s quote above, “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.”

PS: A few folks asked me how was the snow? 65°F on the slopes during the second weekend of May? The snow on Mammoth Mountain was much better than I expected. I rode with two local experts, my good buddy Steve and his friend Chris. They found a couple of smooth and fast runs off Face Lift Express (aka Chair 3).