Frickin’ gorgeous place this is . . .
Kate and I drove up Murphy Dome and explored some of the trails a bit. I realized that this was the first time I have really spent any time up there in the daylight. Jason, Alex and I did quite a bit of wandering one night while photographing the moon halos and a few other times to try to get good aurora shots, but today I found a quite different landscape under light of day. There are a lot of trails and I’m sure it will take a long time to explore them all.
Trees are sparse on the north and west side of Murphy Dome, but in the evening when the clouds break the lighting is fantastic. In the upper left side of the image there is a new wildfire. It grew quickly in the hour or so we were there. There was another couple at the top that said it was not there when they arrived earlier in the afternoon so they called the fire departments. Hopefully some rain falls tonight.Some kind of lupin like flower on top of Murphy Dome. A chunk of granite with quartz made a nice background.
Just a little more of the landscape atop Murphy Dome. You can see the new wildfire smoking in the background.