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This is why people trek through treacherous terrain, in unfamiliar cultures, and over immense physical obstacles. We like to think it's the new experience that's so invigorating, but in truth, the fondest memories are those of the sun setting over a distant horizon.

This is the sunset from 3800m elevation in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. As the sun sets, it traces the increasingly crimson shadow of the far horizon over the eastern ridges. Just before the light vanishes, it illuminates the tips of the highest peaks - which glow like lamps over the dark forested valleys beneath.

In this photo, the sun has not yet set for elevations above 6500m, resulting in the red jagged line near the top. From left to right, the bright peaks are: Dunagiri (7066m), Nanda Devi (7816m) and the rising slope of Trisul I (7120m).

I took this photo from a foot above the grass. It's a combination of two exposures - one for the lower dark portion, the other for the bright mountains and sky. Of course, the photo would look best printed at 16"x20", as it is beside my desk at home. I personally like the excess grass in the foreground - I think it adds to the depth...

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