Long Shadows and a Sierra Vista from White Mountain
It may not have gotten as much snow as its western neighbor, the Sierra Nevada , from California's epic winter but the White Mountains still had enough snowpack to make certain parts of it impassable even in late June. And as always it has some spectacular views from 11,000 feet.
A sunrise shot at the famous Mono Lake tufas. These unusual rock formations are ancient calcified water springs. Basically the underground streams of water from the Eastern Sierras hit the alkali lake and cause a chemical reaction. These particular tufas are hundreds if not thousands of years old.
Towers of the Virgin at Sunset, Zion National Park
While visiting Zion National Park, we heard a lot of talk of the beautiful view you can get of the Towers of the Virgin at sunrise, but I was curious how it looked at sunset. As you can see it's beautiful at sunset as well.
Anyone who follows my posted photos knows that I have a fondness for these 4,000 year-old contorted trees found in the White Mountains just east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This tree in particular is probably the most-photographed of the grove, and one I enjoy revisiting often.
If you do visit these trees be prepared to have your breath taken away, literally. They grow best in higher elevations. The notable trees in the White Mountains are around 10,000 feet elevation or higher. Even a simple walk around the grove will get you huffing and puffing until your climatized.
At 282 feet below sea level it's the lowest point in North America. Normally this place covered it what looks like giant octagonal cobblestones but I think the recent water from last fall soften all those edges and salt crystals.
The nooks and low points in the sand dunes can be as interesting as the dunes themselves. The Mesquite Flat sand dunes actually cover an ancient lakebed that can still be seen in little pockets of the dune field.
One of the appeals of photographing sand dunes is the simplified nature of the subject. Focusing on this one dune and my key light source behind the dune I was able to capture a range of color you don't normally see in one isolated dune,thanks to reflected and bounced light on the camera and dune.
The blue tones of this morning shot in White Pocket near the Arizona, Utah border really makes the reds and oranges in the sandstone really pop and accentuate all the truly bizzare textures in the stone.