Five Degrees

My day began at 5am for the one hour drive to my photo location. On the way, I entered a heavy fog and wondered if I should turn back. I slowed my speed due to poor visibility. As I drove the fog cleared, but rolled in again. I arrived at my location in the snow and light fog about an hour still before sunrise. The sky was just beginning to fill with hints of color filtering though the cool fog. I knew immediately this light was special! Normally we see these beautifully colored clouds in the sky at sunrise or sunset. In this case I was in one of those clouds! It felt like heaven. Except is was 5 degrees F.

Winter Unveiled

I stayed there for over an hour as the fog rolled in and out and the colors shifted.

Winter River

I have since noted the purple-pink-violet clouds high above during a Sierra sunrise or sunset on other winter days.

Blue Dawn – The fog drifts back in.

I took this last photo (below) at 7:25 AM. The amazing light had flattened. I headed down the road to search form more photo opportunities. This morning was the highlight of a week of travel.

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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′)

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