Those are the three rules of photography (or something like that) and I guess you can’t go much simpler than the photo in today’s post.
This was shot early morning in the White Mountains, which lie just east of the Sierra Nevadas. The sun was up, but only barely and the surrounding landscape was covered in a light haze that was starting to burn off as the sun picked up in warmth. I was standing at about 10,000 ft elevation here (that is 3048 meters high, for my non American readers). I actually went higher that day as I was heading to the Ancient Bristle Cone Pine Forest, which stretches from 10,500 ft elevation to its peak at 14246 ft.
While I didn’t go that high, I probably ended up around 10,700 ft or thereabouts. For someone who is not used to those elevations, sucking air is quite an effort. I huffed and puffed my way around the trails taking pictures of these old trees. And they are old. In fact, the oldest tree in the world can be found here, although the Forest Authorities do not identify which tree it is out of fear of vandalism. Sad, but good to know this tree is being looked after. It is over 4000 years old.
Pictures of those trees are the subject of another post.