Lone Pine California Vistas

Lone Pine, California, Vista 1

The town of Lone Pine, California is located along Highway 395 northwest of Death Valley National Park. Lone Pine was a location used in many western movies and some TV shows. It also provides one of the access points for climbing Mt Whitney (the highest point in the continental 48). The image above shows a clearing storm moving right to left across the Sierras. In the distance is just a sliver of Owens Lake (drained to provide water for Los Angeles).

The image below is taken from about the same location, but looking east towards the White Mountains. Lone Pine lies in the valley.

Lone Pine, California, Vista 2

Wind on the Water

Wind on the Water

When I arrived at the location I used for my photo of the moonrise (see previous post), it was very windy. The bluff I was on provided some shelter from the wind down on the beach and shoreside waters, but you could see the wind moving across the water and reacting to down-gusts, etc. My Nikon was on my tripod with a 500mm lens on it, ready to shoot the moon. I didn’t want to take that apart, so I used my iPhone to take a shot of the water, using a fence railing as support. I was pretty happy with the result. It was a 1/4 second exposure, so you can see movement in the foreground trees, the driftwood is sharp, and the water is slightly blurred.

Interesting Clouds

Interesting Clouds

This is another photo that I ran across in my archive that I thought was of interest. I don’t remember the specific weather that was before or after this sunset. To me, it looks like it unstable air when there is a transition to or from stormy weather. Pleasant clouds, even if the weather wasn’t.

Upper Hoh Lake Trail

Upper Hoh Lake Trail

The Hoh Lake Trail runs from the Hoh River Trail (the primary access to those climbing Mt Olympus) up past Hoh Lake and on to connect with the High Divide loop at Bogachiel Pass (Olympic National Park). We were camped in Seven Lakes Basin and took a day trip down to Hoh Lake. This was the trail near the top. I was concerned about the clouds … often an indication that the weather is changing … but it stayed clear for the rest of our hike.

On the return hike, I was rounding a rock spur and found myself about 6 feet from a black bear. We were both startled … I’m not sure who was more surprised. But the bear had quicker reflexes and was off the trail and down in the brush and trees before I could even think about raising my camera.

(another image from my Archive folder)

Above the Clouds — for a while

Above the Clouds

Another image from near the Deer Park Campground in Olympic National Park. This shows the clouds in the valleys looking south into the center of the park. Somewhere in there is the Graywolf River valley and the valleys of Cameron Creek and Grand Creek. When you see weather like this in the Olympics, enjoy the sun while you can. Once the sun rises high enough to warm the valley air, the cloud layer rises. Then you have the tops of the cloud layer joining you and covering you. See below.

Cloud moving up from below

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