Hiking in a Cloud
In an Art History class I took at Vassar, my professor Susan Kuretsky said something along the lines of: snow doesn't so much cover or obscure as it reveals what is already there. She was looking at The Hunters in the Snow, a painting by Pieter Bruegel The Elder.
We took a 3-day trip through the Kaiser Wilderness, starting at Potter Pass, passing Lower Twin Lake, camping at Upper Twin Lake, and day hiking to George Lake, which was still half frozen. I took an unreasonable amount of photos on this trip and thought these images of the clouds and fog deserved their own post, so here they are.
The hike was cold. It was a rare occasion when I had to wear my fleece even while on the move, as the heat I generated from hiking wasn't enough to keep my hands and arms from going numb. There was still a great deal of snow at 9,000 feet.
These atmospheric images remind me of what my art history professor said about snow. The fog obscured our surroundings, but it selectively revealed things, too: an isolated tree, the top of a mountain in the distance, a reflection in a lake, a log floating on the surface of milky water, all set against a white background. The mood that day was quiet, subdued even, and we felt more of an urgency than usual to find a campsite with a good fire ring. We did, and we spent the rest of the day next to it. We also woke up the next morning to a shining sun.