While I recovered from surgery in 2004, my wife and I took many walks around Mammoth. We especially enjoyed our walks through the meadow between the old Snow Creek Condos and the Sherwins, where the view of Mammoth Mountain is spectacular. I was also reminded of how easily one could have a backcountry feeling so close to Town. Once the lupine began to bloom, I returned with my card. A trick I learned from Ansel Adams, a viewing card is a piece of matte board with a 4” x 5” cutout which, held at varying distances, simulates the effects of different lenses thereby allowing me to identify the exact spot to place my tripod upon my return. Using a 3stop split neutral density filter and fill flash to brighten the foreground flowers, I returned at sunrise and captured this image.