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May 2020 Photo of the Month: LM118

The pandemic continues.  I can’t get out much.  But I have a May 2020 Photo of the MonthLM118 is my selection.

LM118 by T.M. Schultze

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I only made it out once in May, and I only made 12 images.  It’s a little frustrating that my Photo of the Month, LM118, is from the same location as March’s image.

When I finally hit the road and decided to visit Sunrise Highway, I had all the normal stops in mind.  A storm was clearing over Laguna Crest.  The storm was fierce, and the majority of Sunrise Highway had no visibility.

This view is from what I call Storm Canyon # 2.  It is not the USFS-maintained Storm Canyon overlook.  This overlook, which is easily missed, is closer to the Penny Pines area.  It just so happened that I had a momentary clearing.

The winds were easily sustained 60mph.  This is a 30 second exposure.  It required me to push down on my tripod with all of my weight to hold it down during some very fierce wind.

I real the image was a little rushed, and that is because a huge group of teenagers showed up.  This isn’t a tourist spot, and most people don’t know it exists.  How they pulled over to this spot, I have no idea.  There were 8 cars, most of them of the sports variety.  About 20-25 people got out!  None of them were wearing masks.  They were yelling and screwing around, ruining the peace and solitude I was looking for.  Finally, one of them pointed my way, saying, “Oh yes, this is the spot to get my ‘Gram!”  Suddenly, I had 25 people standing around me, again, with no masks.  Irritated, I immediately grabbed my gear and left.

2020 is the worst year ever.

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image.

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