Just a quick video of my hike up Gray’s Peak at sunset. I was slightly late and didn’t make it to the top at the time I expected, but I did unexpectedly see the sunset from a location about 20 minutes or so from the end of the hike. I decided to be adaptable and setup right down there!
I ended up shooting the Hanna Rocks with the sunset in the background, making for a decent foreground plus background combination!
After the light from the sunset died out a bit, I hiked to the top and got an ok shot of the North Shore area of Big Bear at magic hour:
It was a big creepy heading back! I put on my headlamp and immediately saw some yellow eyes staring back at me about fifty feet away. I saw a black bear the last time I was up here, so I was a little freaked out. Interesting how much you can guess from the personality of the animal though. Those yellow eyes were curious, but didn’t like having a light blasted into its face - so it turned its head most of the time. Occassionally it snuck a few peeks back at me before I was ready to head back down.
Down the mountain I saw what looked almost like two floating fireflies in the night. The only problem: we don’t really have fireflies in California (we do in some rare places if you know where to look, but not here in the desert). I’m not sure, but I think it may have been one of the two deer I saw on the way up.
Nothing much more eventful on the hike down except seeing a few scorpions right in the path! I suspect I was more of a danger to them.. they seemed pretty mellow.
I did snap a quick photo with my cellphone: