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I am loving all these ponds. At first I thought I might pull up a chair and spend the day at the Whitney Portal Store – until I saw all the other photos of the ponds and the reflections in the water. ~WaterGirl
When I photographed Mt. Whitney on my visit in May the road to Whitney Portal was closed at the point where it goes up the hill and into the canyon. This time it was open. I’d visited Whitney Portal 7 years ago. It’s a flat area just before the steep increase in elevation up into the higher reaches of the Sierra. There’s a waterfall (more of a cascade) at the western edge of the flat as well as the beginning of the 11 mile Mt. Whitney Trail to the summit.
There’s a campground, a general store and a small pond there that nicely reflects the walls of granite that form the sides of the canyon. Mt. Whitney is not visible at Whitney Portal, but a great view is found a short distance down the road before it descends down the hill towards Lone Pine. I used exposure bracketing on most of these shots since there was a significant difference between the trees in the shadows and the brightly lit walls of the canyon. The final two shots were shot with my old Galaxy Camera 2, since it has a high zoom than even my 50-200mm lens.
The south fork of Lone Pine Creek descends via a waterfall down to Whitney Portal.
I used a longer exposure on this shot to give the water a more milky look.
The Whitney Portal Store and granite cliffs are reflected in the pond at Whitney Portal.
The granite walls tower over the trees and small pond at Whitney Portal.
Close-up of Mt. Whitney from the Whitney Portal Road, about a quarter of a mile from Whitney Portal.
Mt. Whitney as seen from the Whitney Portal road just before reaching Whitney Portal.