Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

I don’t really mind waking up early.  We don’t have kiddos yet, so I may change my mind on that one day.  But sometimes it’s just wonderful to wake up while everything is quiet and peaceful and know that you’ve got an extra hour or two in your day to get things done.  (I am always needing to get things done.)

I don’t often get the chance to play sunrise photographer, but on our annual camping trip this year I couldn’t resist waking up the rest of my family and making the deserted drive up to one of our favorite places in Sequoia.  We’ve visited the place on every vacation, but it was only last year that something clicked; Sierra Nevadas + east = sunrise?   Well yes, that could be quite good.

A wildfire* had started a few days before we arrived, and some sort of leftover hurricane clouds happened to be blowing over, and the two created a unique scene of hazy valleys and tropical sky.  I’ve never seen it like this and I’m sure I never will again; thank goodness for pictures.

*That wildfire turned into the Rough Fire, which is currently the biggest fire in California.  It’s burned up to and around the lake in the bottom half of the photos, it’s been burning for over a month, and it’s only 25% contained.  Send happy thoughts to the firefighters – that terrain is no joke.  I took some photos the day it semi-exploded and will be sharing those as well.

Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park