Owens Valley and Mono Lake Portfolio

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Aspens, Conway Summit, CA
Mono Lake and High Sierra, CA
Tufa, Mono Lake Dry Bed, CA
Fence and Porch, Bodie, CA
Moon Over Mt. Whitney
Mono Lake Tufa
Road in Alabama Hills
Triangle Rock in the Alabama Hills
Old Barn in Owens Valley
 Whale Rock, Alabama Hills
Spiral Clouds, Alabama Hills
Mono Lake, Sierra, and Clouds

Boulder on Hilltop and Clouds, Alabama Hills
Marching Tufa, Mono Lake

Owens Valley and Mono Lake

Owens Valley is on the eastern side of the Sierra mountains. One can get to Owens Valley and Mono Lake from Yosemite by going over the Tioga Pass outside of Tuolumne Meadows. The valley was once a lush farmland, but the water was diverted to Los Angeles and the valley is now mostly dry.

One of the most interesting areas in Owens Valley is called the Alabama Hills. There are hills and rocks that are quite interesting there. The hills are right behind the little town of Lone Pine, where Ansel Adams took a famous photograph of the hills and valley.

Mono Lake, in Owens Valley, is one of the most interesting areas in the desert regions of California to photograph. The lake lies in front of the High Sierra mountain range. Since the water level has dropped in the lake, Tufa, which were once completely submerged limestone stalagmites, now show up above the water in the shallow areas of the lake, or on dry land.

A beautiful area in Owens valley is the Conway Summit area, with magnificent aspen trees. I have taken some fine images of them, one of which is the portfolio cover image, taken at sundown.
Nearby Mono Lake is the ghost town of Bodie, a town abandoned when the gold ran out long ago. The homes and buildings of this "ghost town" have been preserved, and are very photographic. On image I made, "Fence and Porch", is typical of the home styles found there..