If you follow me on instagram (@jakegarn)  then you may already be familiar with the how much time I’ve been spending on what I affectionately call Crystal Mountain.

This time, on December 21, 2012, I went up the mountain alone with just a notebook and my Canon 5D Mark III.

I only took a handful of photos, yet all of them had a fair amount of sacrifice to get.  Whether it was laying in the frost, sitting on a cactus, leaning into a thornbush, or just pulling my camera out in the shade when the temperature was well below freezing (and metal feels coooooold).

The best shots are always kind of like that… anyway, I thought I’d share my favorites from my most favorite relaxing past time – that all of us should do more of – shooting alone in nature with my favorite lens, the Canon 50mm 1.2L.