Tall Tales From The Field

California’s Owens Valley

California’s Owens Valley is home to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the west and The White Mountains to the east. Some of the tallest peaks in the country are here.  Two weeks ago, a winter storm was blasting through the area and as happens frequently, was unable to move further east to Owens Valley or Death Valley. That’s why these 2 valleys are so dry, especially Death Valley. Located near Lone Pine is the Alabama Hills Recreation Area which is a haven for rock climbers because of the steep and vertical rock formations.  The movies Gladiator and Iron Man were partly filmed there along with dozens of others.

Owens Valley Sierras

Fresh Snow On The Sierras

 

 

Owens Valley Lone Pine Peak

Majestic Lone Pine Peak at 12,944 feet

 

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills are at the foot of the Sierras near Lone Pine

 

 

Owens Valley Mount Whitney

The Whitney Range. Mount Whitney is in the center right but was obscured by clouds ALL Day! It rises to 14,505 feet, the highest point in the lower 48.

 

Owens Valley Sierras

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

Climbers negotiate the steep rock formations at Alabama Hills.

 

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

See the one in green?

 

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

Another look at Lone Pine Peak.

 

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

 

Owens Valley Rainbow

A rainbow presents itself over the Owens Valley

 

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

 

Owens Valley Sierras

Highway to the heavens………

 

 

Owens Valley

The fog rises before The White Mountains

 

 

Owens Valley Alabama Hills

 

Owens Valley Storm Clouds

 

 

 

 

11 responses

  1. Amy

    Spectacular shots, Michael! Amazing Owens Valley.

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    February 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

  2. Beautiful landscapes!

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    February 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM

  3. Ansel Adams should have seen some of your images.

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    February 22, 2015 at 9:38 PM

  4. Beautiful shots Michael, I would love to come and photograph with you someday on a workshop… Best regards from Down Under!

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    February 24, 2015 at 12:49 AM

  5. Utterly jaw-dropping images here… even more so because we just got home from a trip where we camped at the Lone Pine campground. One of the best spots on our journey. The Owens Valley and the Alabama Hills are truly awesome (in every sense of that overused word!) So glad you stopped by and caught my attention!

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    February 24, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    • Thanks Gunta. I believe the Owens Valley is an underrated place to visit but has so much to see and experience. Glad you did.

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      February 24, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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