Ribbons of smoke drifted along the rim of Oregon's Crater Lake as the sun blasted its way through, creating a red sunrise. While we were at Crater Lake National Park, I overheard a comment by a park employee that the lake has a different look each day. On this morning it had a subtle sheen that caught the red of the sunrise and the blue of the sky above. Oh, how I wish I could spend more mornings at beautiful Crater Lake.
One of the locations in Northern California I like to go for sunset is Lake Siskiyou, where a great reflection of Mount Shasta is visible on calm evenings. This was not one of those calm times. So I framed the shot having part of the surface of the lake visible to catch the light, but the primary subject would be Mount Shasta. The clouds to the west blocked some of the sun's rays, casting dappled light on Mount Shasta and its foothills. I like the way nature always challenges me to be creative.