Among the Mountains - Blake Simpson
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Thousand Mosquito Lake

This was taken near my first campsite on Thousand Island Lake during the first sunrise of my backpacking trip out in the Eastern Sierras. The area was filled with crystal clear lakes, blossoming flowers, powerful waterfalls, towering trees, monumental mountain peaks, and last but not least, thousands of relentless mosquitos. If you stopped moving for a second, the mosquitos would swarm around you and feast on your blood. Not fun. Lesson learned. Next time, I’m bringing a mosquito face net and a can of bug spray that lasts MORE than one night. But the mosquito bites are fading and I’m left with some rich memories and photos from a very beautiful forest that I can’t wait to explore more of soon.