For several hours in the middle of the day the lighting conditions are too harsh for most kinds of photography. Luckily, this is less of an issue for infrared photography, and sometimes an asset. At seven to eight thousand feet in the mountains, the light is especially intense and the foliage bursts with invisible light. Following an unpaved road upward, I stopped in the much-needed shade of this tree to take a photograph. To me, finding pine bark to reflect as much IR as most trees’ foliage was a pleasant surprise which helped make up for the unpleasant sunburn I received while hiking around the mountain.