When a storm passes across a mountain range, it doesn’t clear off the same way it does in the low country. Clouds hang over the peaks typically for several days. This was a day after a storm crossed the Sierras and while it was sunny in the valley, it wasn’t in the high country. Folks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail would have been getting wet.
This is looking across the Owens Valley in the Big Pine area to the east side of the Sierras. This was taken from the viewpoint on the road to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California.
I was driving from Susanville, CA to Klamath Falls, OR and saw this abandoned homestead off the roadway. I’m not sure if the tree is still alive, since it was early in the spring and a fairly high elevation. It is still an active cattle ranch. Hopefully, the family that homesteaded was able to continue ownership.
The ruins of the Ashford Mill are within the boundary of Death Valley National Park. The mill was built in 1914 and was processing the ore from the Golden Treasure Mine about 5 miles to the east. The location is just south of Badwater and is below sea level and a hot and dry environment. Not a good location for processing ore.
I was just leaving Manzanar … the WWII Japanese Internment Camp … when I noticed a dust devil forming in the field just to the north. I found a good spot to pull the car over and grabbed my camera. It wasn’t long after I took this shot that it started to dissipate.