Back from the Mountains

Shuwen and I are back from the Eastern Sierra, with about 1600 miles behind us, and some nice hiking and hunting. Which means hunting for fall colors in our case, and hunting chipmunks in Toni’s case (a futile endeavor as she is getting older, and the little chipmunks are fast!).

It was only the second time that we’ve been to the Eastern Sierra Nevada (first time in summer 2012, when we had thunderstorms almost every afternoon), and the first time that we went in fall. And yes, the Aspens, Cottonwoods and Willows that seam the streams and turn their color are quite gorgeous! But before I begin to post hundreds (well, not really) of fall-themed photos, here is an image from one of my favorite spots: Mono Lake.

Crater Mountain reflecting in Mono Lake, seen from Mono Lake Vista near Conway Summit, California
Crater Mountain reflecting in Mono Lake, seen from Mono Lake Vista near Conway Summit, California
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I made this photo from the Mono Lake Vista near Conway Summit, where Highway 395 climbs up towards Dunderberg Meadows and Virginia Lakes. The whole Mono Basin is absolutely fascinating. It’s not just ancient Mono Lake with its famous Tufa formations, but also the landscape that surrounds it. Past the town of Lee Vining, where the highway squeezes between the lake and the mountains for a mile or two, the eyes sweeps across the large body of mostly calm water, and the vast empty space surrounding it. A truly spiritual place for me.

More to come…

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