Waiting for Whitney

A month ago I spent a few wonderful days and nights with a group of fine photographers at an informal gathering in the Alabama Hills area of Inyo County, California. The last five posts have been scrapings off the surface of the image-pile from that trip. Our base camp was at Lone Pine Campground, about half-way between the town of Lone Pine and the Mount Whitney trail head. The crest of the Sierra Nevada, with so many 12,000 to 14,505-foot peaks and ridges in this area, was hidden in clouds most of the time we were there. These are typical spring conditions in the high southern Sierra. But if and when the clouds disperse, this campground affords a spectacular view of Mount Whitney, California’s tallest peak (named in 1864 for Harvard geology professor and first California state geologist, Josiah Dwight Whitney).

Mt Whitney, hidden in cloudsIt’s there, really — way up in that canyon.

Mt Whitney, hidden in cloudsClassic view through Mobius Arch

Finally, on the last evening of our trip, the clouds parted and many lenses turned toward Mount Whitney.

Mt Whitney, eveningMt Whitney, evening Mt Whitney, eveningThe next morning, a glorious sunrise.

Mt WhitneyIn a classic American landscape.  🙂

Mt Whitney


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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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One Response to Waiting for Whitney

  1. John Durnan says:

    Magnificent, Tim! They must have been amazing in person. Thanks and keep it up!
    – John

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