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Remember… after today’s post, Bill gets a 2-week hiatus during First Timers “week”. So let’s take a minute to thank Bill for all the Mission posts, and more. But never fear, Bill will be back! Not sure where he will be taking us next, but I’m pretty sure we still won’t be in Kansas. At least I don’t think we will. The images of the sky are my favorites, so who knows, maybe Bill will take us to “heaven” again? In the meantime, First Timers, please send in your photos and stories! ~WG
Continuing south on US-395 to Lone Pine it was time to make a side trip for another visit to Mt. Whitney. Whitney Portal road starts in Lone Pine and makes it’s way though the Alabama Hills to the base of the Sierra. It then makes a climb up into the Sierra via a single switchback and heads up Lone Pine Creek canyon before reaching a relative flat area known as Whitney Portal. This is where the trail to Mt. Whitney begins.
There is also a campground and picnic area as well as a nice cascade where Lone Pine Creek falls from the upper elevations down into the canyon below. The one thing about Whitney Portal is that you can’t actually see Mt. Whitney, you have to back track about 1/2 a mile down the road before it comes into view.
The goal for this revisit was to drive further up Whitney Portal Road to get some better photos that I shot on my last visit in February. The road was closed at the beginning of the switchback that climbs into the Sierra, so I had to settle for some shots near a turnout just below that.
Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal Road, you can see quite a bit of the snow has melted since February.
I took my IR camera with me on this trip, I’m a bit skeptical about IR with natural landscapes since it tends to look too monochromatic. I think the visual layer brought just enough of the reds back into the shot to make it effective. You can clearly see the road up the mountain going to Whitney Portal at the right.
Close-up view of Mt. Whitney shot with a 200mm zoom lens. It took a big lens with me on this trip (650-1300mm) and shot the mountain, but I wasn’t too happy with the results (it’s not a great lens).
This is an example of scene compression. I shot the tree in the foreground and Mt. Whitney in the background and it makes Mt. Whitney look much closer than it really is.
Close-up view of Mt. Whitney at sunset (not really, it’s a sky replacement).
Mt. Williamson, the second highest peak in California, is just a few miles north of Mt. Whitney.
This is Lone Pine Peak, a few miles southeast of Mt. Whitney, at the south side of the Lone Pine Creek canyon. I really liked the green in the canyon on the mountain.
Owens Lake was at the southern terminus of the Owens River. After Los Angeles stole the water fair and square from the Owens River the lake dried up within 10 years. Courts have mandated that LA return some of the water to river and to mitigate the dust in the dry lake bed, so it does have some water in some portions of the formally dry lake.