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One day I had a topo map fully unfolded on a table and spent an entire evening scouring it for potentially interesting locations for photography. I spotted this little lake that seemed to have all the right features for a summer photo: a prominent 'subject' to the south and clear paths for the sun to reach it at sunrise and sunset (either would do, but this location has both). So I started researching it online and found surprisingly few photos of it, which usually means the location has accessibility problems. One does need to pack out to this lake; it's not somewhere you can drive, but that usually doesn't stop many photographers from pursuing a pretty location. It looked to me as though it should be very accessible all the way around its shoreline, but I've been wrong about such things before. Well, as you can see, I was able to get right up to the shore of the lake and was treated to a wonderful sunset. At first there were clouds blocking the sun, and it looked like I wasn't going to get any good light. Then, as if someone threw the switch on a huge circuit breaker, the clouds suddenly parted, and the Becco di Mezzodì massif lit up like a flaming candle. I wasn't so lucky at sunrise, however. The next morning I got out to the lakeshore at about 5:15am, but all I got was thick clouds and drizzle for my efforts. I wasn't too disappointed, though, since I had this sunset shot in the bag already. :)

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