Lower Ottoway Lake: Yosemite Panoramas 9.24.13

Lower Ottoway Lake Panorama by John P. DeGrazio

Red Peak, Ottoway Peak, and Merced Peak from Lower Ottoway Lake

By John P. DeGrazio

Nothing worthwhile is easy. Two days of hiking in Yosemite Wilderness is often needed just to reach the shore of Lower Ottoway Lake to make an image like this. Although a difficult challenge, the Red Peak Pass Yosemite Backpack trip is one of the most serene journeys one can make into the Yosemite backcountry. Spending time in the wilderness has a soothing effect that words cannot describe. Reaching a chosen destination can be a cathartic experience full of satisfaction and joy. This image may not express that fully, but it was an excellent night of sleep for the entire group.


Photographing with a camera phone was once frowned upon as a lazy way out of making an image. With advancing technology, these phones are becoming more integral in everyday “outdoor” life. I am currently using the iPhone 5 with an 8 megapixel camera, and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.

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