Peaks of the Eastern Sierra

The first time I drove highway 395 in California from the Tahoe region to southern California I was awestruck by the mile upon mile wall of Sierra Mountains rising from the arid Owen’s Valley. Here are some of the peaks you see along the way.

Blue Sky Morning on the Owen’s River: The prominent peak in the center is Birch Mountain (13,602′) reflecting in the river. and Mount Tinemaha (12,520 ft ) just left.

I came back to this location (above) on the Owen’s River another morning hoping for more clouds and color. I didn’t find it, however I was able to capture full moon setting.

Edge of the Night: Moonset over the Sierra Mountains.
Indepence Peak: Elevation‎: ‎11,744′
Mount Bailey (Elevation: 8,376′) and Mount Keith (Elevation: 13,983′)
Mount Tom: Elevation: 13,652′
Mount Williamson: 14,380′
Maestoso (Mount Whitney, elevation 14,505′)

Please leave a comment or click the “like” button if you enjoy these photos.

Eastern Sierra and Mount Whitney

I spent several days in December hiking and photographing areas along the eastern Sierra. During this time, I visited two very special places. One of those was finding a high camp with a direct view of the Sierra Crest and Mount Whitney. To top it off, it was a full moon that night.

Moonlit Crest – A full moon rises on the Sierra Mountains with clouds shrouding the high peaks. This is a 20 second exposure which gives the clouds that soft look.
Sierra Moonset – The mountains glow in predawn light as the full moon nears the western horizon.
Lone Pine Peak: Elevation: 12,949′
Mount Whitney – Elevation: 14,505′
Rising – Mount Whitney rises from the desert to 14,505 feet.