I took 5 trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains this past summer, partly in preperation to climb Mt. Shasta, but mostly to experience their beauty and majesty. Here's about 10 pictures from each trip, with blurbs about each picture in the caption. Let's go to the mountains!
I grew up in a small town. I went to Uni. I started taking pictures afterwards in 2000. Several cross country road trips and 3 summers in the Sierra Nevada forced me to fall in love with the outdoors. In 2004 I began working full time, taking advantage of every free weekend and holiday while liquidating my yearly vacation for bigger trips to other countries. I especially love conifer forests and alpine mountains.
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snowdrift on Sonora Pass, sunsetEarly in June, large snowdrifts still hold tight. Here, lots of sunshine and low humidity nearly form [url=http://www.summitpost.org/album/180982/penitentes.html]Penitentes[/url]: The sentinels of ice so abundant in the high Andes.
Sawtooth Range, BridgeportConsidered the official start of the 'High Sierra', the jagged granite and snowfields of the Sawtooth Range contrast sharply with the green pastures and happy cows.
Mono Lake vista from Mt. DanaMono lake is older than old: 760,000 years old to be exact. Its fluctuating water levels indicate periods of glaciation and rainfall, its waters attract hundreds of species of birds and its flies attract feeing seagulls from the Pacific Ocean. Despite the diversion of many its water sources to Californians and subsequent water drop- recent legislation is ensuring its sources of replenishment and the lake's water has risen halfway to pre-California levels.
Bubbs Creek, Kings CanyonWith 5 miles to hike back, no headlamp and the sun setting, its best to start the return hike soon. Yet the river begs us to stay...
Lichens, Blue CanyonLichens are an anomaly. Not only are they 2 organisms living in symbiosis(an algae for food and a fungus for nutrients)- they thrive on exposed rock subjected to intense winds.
Leavitt Meadow, Sonora PassPopular for horse rides and pack trips, the meandering braid of the Walker River supports a gorgeous meadow.
Mono Lake windstormThe winds were 30-50 mph, the sailboat was literally going in circles unable to move forward.
Oak Tree, Sierra Nevada foothillsIn late spring a few thunderstorms usually roll across the foothills. The clouds betray the dead grass- rain hasn't fallen for over a month.
Volcanic Spires, Sonora PassThe ancient stratovolcano lava is very resistant to water and ice erosion. Consequently, strange forms seem to develop, forms not usually seen in the granite that defines most of the range.