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As we sometimes do, me and pucklady met up today to go hiking.  This time we went on a trail I'd hiked before, Sunset Peak trail - which leads to the eponymous mountain that is one of the lower subordinate peaks to Mt. Baldy.  I managed to get a number of very cool images - some of new perspectives that I hadn't captured before in my previous hiking diary, and some that are much clearer and deeper versions of earlier photos with better lighting conditions.  And this time I didn't endanger myself on hubristic mission-creep objectives, just had a nice time hiking.

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Ran into a harmless little gopher snake sunning himself (oddly in the shade):

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I love the following two perspectives below - they show the cloud deck below the ridgeline parallaxing vertically as we ascended:

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We reach the summit:

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I especially like the photograph below due to the level of dimensional layering and relative clarity throughout:

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A weird horned lizard of some sort that made violent shuffling motions trying to run away but only moved forward very slowly for some reason:

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The return trip:

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The foresty part of the trail provides the most shade and smells sweet, but has the most bugs:

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Two photos looking back at Sunset Peak from halfway back down - in the second, you can see the two levels of trail that switchback along its side to reach the summit:

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I don't know what this is, but I thought it looked interesting:

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Apparently this is the equipment that keeps the trail level:

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