As much as I would have loved to photograph these wonderful mountains in a less cliché fashion, the combination of being short on time and unfamiliar with the areas left me with few options. I'm sort of happy that I decided to keep the compositions simple with the main focus on the mountains themselves. No crazy foreground elements, no over the top weather or explosive sky colors. No lightning bolts shooting out of the top into a double rainbow while a unicorn grazes beside me. Just simple images of 2 very photogenic subjects that where kind enough to show me a little personality. I love the pre sunrise color from Mount Shasta. It was a beautiful progression on soft colors that began to appear just before the sun came up. I've never seen a mountain glow like it had a spotlight held over it. I was thankful to experience this moment with my wife as we stood in silence next to one another with the only sound coming from our chattering teeth.