TheTen(t) Commandments by David McMahon

Splendid isolation would have to be defined as being the only camper on the shores of Talus Lake, entirely surrounded by the snowy peaks of Tombstone Territorial Park.

As you can see in the seemingly endless expanse of meadow, the wildflowers in Canada’s Yukon had just started blooming.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 45mm.

Featured in A VIEW SOMEWHERE, November 2009.


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  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 5 years ago

    So glad the tent is color coordinated with the landscape, heh heh.

  • Thanks, Betty. That hadn’t occurred to me – but now that you point it out ….!!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    Truly a beautiful place and you had it all to yourself!

  • It was amazing, Shulie. I actually wasn’t there on my own – I was just on a chopper flight around the mountains and we landed at the Lake for about 45 minutes. The tent belonged to a Whitehorse-based photographer whose name I will recall in the seconds after I post this reply to you!

    – David McMahon

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing this!!!!!!! wonderful!

  • Thank you very much, Greenstone. I grew up around snow-capped mountains, and so it’s not surprising that my camera is drawn to snowy peaks!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture and perspective!!! :D

  • Thank you, Cee – locals told me later that it was the first weekend in months that the skies were clear!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; A beautiful campscape. What a wonderful backdrop to wake up too.

  • Thank you, Steve. I had actually just flown in on a chopper from nearby Dawson City – the tent belonged to a Canadian photographer from Whitehorse. But yes, I agree there is no better backdrop, is there?

    – David McMahon

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 5 years ago

    A lovely image of a wonderful pace.

  • And total silence as well, Dave. Such peace …

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture….the tent realy adds mood to this immage. Stunning DOP and beauty in this one !!

  • Thanks very much, Sean – the Yukon has inspired me since I first set foot there 10 years ago. So glad you like this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A View somewhere….."
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thank you so much – it’s always a great honour to be featured. And even though these images were shot long before I joined Red Bubble, it’s great to see them being featured.

    – David McMahon

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful… i love the composition… I’d tent there anytime!

  • Thank you, Gail – it was just paradise, plain and simple.

    – David McMahon

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful photograph!!! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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