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A few more random shots…

Just a few more random shots from the last couple of days that Kevin was in town…

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The Buttermilks and Mono Lake

The last few days have been busy.  Zayne has been with her mother, so Kevin and I spent a bunch of time wandering around the desert, taking photos, looking for snakes and lizards, and just hanging out.  This really has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  We are already planning for him to come visit in August, sometime around my birthday, at least for a day or two.  It’s hard to believe I only met him 7 days ago, and here I sit, missing him, only 9 hours after dropping him at the airport.  I guess that’s life.  Anyhow…on with the photos..

Turkey Vulture

 There was a ton of Turkey Vultures flying around.  This one got fairly brave and flew right down near us, searching the boulders for food.  We also found a bunch of lizards and even a couple Panamints…
 
 

Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi
Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi

It was quite a lovely day…

Kevin trying to get the shot
Little Peak
Buttermilk Ridgeline

Kevin’s flight back home was this afternoon, so we left the house around 5am, and headed up to Mono Lake, to get some early morning shots before he had to go.  It was another spectacular day…

Mono Lake Tufa

Looking for a shot
South Tufa Portrait

This has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  I’m really glad I took a chance and reached out to my son.  I’m even more thrilled that he responded positively.  I think we have a good thing to build on here…

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Frozen Lakes and Snow

Anyone that has followed this blog for any length of time, knows that I am not a fan of snow, cold, wind, ice, or winter in general.  But they also know that these conditions produce outstanding photographs much of the time, and so, as a willing photographer, I must brave the brutality of Nature in order to capture her beauty.

It’s a fair trade…

Frosty Morning on Mono

Crowley lake, Frozen Over

Yup…I dislike winter.  But I LOVE how it transform our local landscapes.

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Why I Live in the Desert

I don’t like the cold.  I don’t like the snow.  I don’t like the wind.  I don’t like ice.  But I LOVE taking B&W photos of these conditions.  So my friend Rich and I grabbed our gear and headed to the mountains…

60-65mph winds where I am standing are strong enough to blow me back, let alone the tripod.  I was forced to hold tight to the tripod legs, and wait for a break in the wind to take a shot.  I got pretty lucky, to be perfectly honest…

First Stop--Crowley Lake

You can see the snow plumes coming off the mountains.  Rich was trying to capture the snow and ice particles as they were blown across the surface of the ice.  I was just trying to wait out the wind gusts, and snap pictures in between.  I was actually standing next to a low toy-hauler trailer to block the wind for this one…

Brrr...

Further up we go, looking for great light and wind protection.  Mother Nature wasn’t having it…

Man, alive…the winds coming across Convict were even worse than those at Crowley.  And with the entire surface of the lake a sheet of ice, it was whipping up ice and snow particles strong enough to sand blast a car, I think.  A couple of quick hand-held shots, and we were outta there…

Next Stop--Convict Lake

When we finally arrived at our ultimate destination, the winds had died down, the clouds had broken up, and it turned into a rather pleasant couple of hours…

Reflections at Mono Lake

South Tufa Reflections

Tufa Reflections

 

Mono was gorgeous.  We were hoping to catch the freezing fog, but unfortunately, we got there just in time to watch it pull back off the lake, and break up into to nothing on the northern shore.  But the sun was warm, the wind was gone, and a good time was had by all.  What else could you ask for?

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Reno Overnight

Took a quick trip up to Reno.  Nothing fancy…just an overnight and a trip to Cabela’s.  Didn’t even go walk the strip.  Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of Reno, but at least I was able to get out of town for a night.

Anyhow…We stayed at the Atlantis, and I couldn’t resist…

Atlantis Night

This was actually a really difficult shot to get.  The falls are in the center of a variable roundabout with multiple cars going in all directions on all sides of me…and quite close.  There was also a bazillion pedestrians and several security lights.  It was very difficult finding a good composition that eliminated all of these annoyances…

We also stopped at the Conway Summit Overlook to take a shot of a storm front moving across Mono Basin…

Mono Basin Stormfront

That’s it.  It was a fun trip.  I got a new CO2 pistol, and a couple of new shots.  What more could a guy ask for? 

Thanks for looking!


More from Mono Lake…

I’m sure you don’t think I spent the whole day freezing my ass off for 5 shots…

Eastern Sierras and South Tufa

Warning...Dragons Be Here...

Fading Color

First Light

"WTF are you doing?!?"

Harris Hawk Profile

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Sunrise at Mono Lake…

I pissed someone off today.  I didn’t mean to do it.  Really.  I’m honestly sorry that your feelings got hurt, if you happen to see this.  But when the light is right…I’m gonna be late…

The color came up quickly, and was gone just as quick.  But as is very common, pending snowstorms make for great early morning/afternoon B&W shots…

John and I drove clear up to Walker this morning just looking for stuff to shoot.  It was an incredibly fun filled day with LOADS of photogenic opportunities.  But we were trying to get back to Bishop, so we bypassed a lot of potentially good shooting…

We did stop long enough for this shot on the way back from Walker…

This is the Mono Basin.  I wonder if anyone but me can see the red tail hawk that flew into the scene at the perfect moment, even if it was an imperfect location…

Thanks for taking the time to look! 

And if anyone out there is pissed at me for spending the day getting these once-in-a-lifetime shots…please forgive me…