Last weekend I had an amazing time camping and hiking with friends in the Adirondack Mountains. I was itching to get out and photograph, so as soon as we pitched our tent and cooked some campfire lunch we headed to the Cascade Mountain trail head. The hike to the summit is only 2.2 miles, but it's almost 2000 feet up and feels like the most intense Stairmaster workout of your life.
As we made our way to the top the thick forest that we had been walking in suddenly disappeared, having been burned away in a fire over 100 years ago. The exposed rock was fun to practice bouldering on with plenty of easy holds and excellent grip.
We reached the summit early enough to spend a few hours enjoying the view. I wanted to wait as long as possible for the sun to go down before taking any sweeping landscapes.
It was getting late, and we had to head back down soon to beat the oncoming darkness. I timed myself for ten minutes and photographed the view I had been waiting for.
It was hard to stop photographing, and I fell behind on the way back to take a few shots of the descent in beautiful sunset light.
As dusk fell, the forest took on a sinister quality. Shadowy trees became more than they were, like this one - a tangled octopus.
When we got back everyone was exhausted. We were all curled up in our tent about to fall asleep when Angel and my friend Jenn said they would be up for looking at the stars. I was surprised they had the energy and so glad we went. It was a beautiful night and just around the corner was this clearing in the trees. Campfires were crackling below lighting up the branches and mixing with the moonlight. The photo is a total of 70 seconds, and you can see the leaves swaying in the wind and stars trailing across the sky.