This is taken from the White Mountains looking west to the Sierras. The town of Big Pine is in the valley, just barely visible on the right side of the image.
I was driving a back country road in North Central Oregon (SW of the town of Fossil), when a nice panorama opened up with a wonderful cloudscape. It was spring, so the hills had a wonderful greenish blush to them.
This is the view from the Slab Camp trail looking SSE into the central Olympics.
This view is from a mile or so down the trail from the above. In this image you have a better view of the valleys coming together, close to meeting at Three Forks on the Gray Wolf River.
The valleys are the Lost Creek, Cameron Creek and Gray Wolf River.
Both images are composites of several frames … with the final file running over 130MB.
The subalpine areas of the Olympic National Park are not easy to access, except for two locations where roads run up to over 5000′: at Hurricane Ridge and at Deer Park. The road to Hurricane Ridge is two lane, paved the whole way and open year round (weather permitting … and usually only on the weekends during the winter). The Deer Park road is narrow, winding, gravel and closed once snow begins to fall. Both areas have trails that you can hike. This is the view from along the Slab Camp trail, running east from Deer Park.
Mare’s Tail over Bogachiel Peak and the High Divide (Olympic National Park)
A wide angle lens often creates distortion that is distracting or makes the image feel un-natural. In this case, while there is some “leaning” of the trees on the sides of the image … the distortion actually results in a realistic representation of the steepness of the hillside.