Timberwolf Mountain, WA
This red-shafted flicker showed up at our campsite on the summit ridge of Timberwolf Mountain, on the east slope of the Cascades after the sun had fully risen. Keeping to the east of the tree where he was working, I realized that the bird, tree, and Mount Rainier, thirty miles to the west, were all perfectly lit and aligned through the gap in the Cascades at Chinook Pass. Quickly stopping down my 300mm lens for maximum depth of field, and eyeballing the best near-hyperfocal point that would leave the bird and tree acceptably sharp, and the mountain acceptably soft-focus in the background, I was able to catch this rare alignment before the flicker moved on to his next tree.
Nikon D70, 300mm f/2.8 lens, tripod