Photographer's Note

One of the activities of this TE meeting was a hike up to Lundy Falls. In the early morning calm, this beaver pond captured members' attention.

The sweep of the Eastern Sierras is more impressive than the Western Sierras. The prevailing weather pattern dumps most of the moisture from the Pacific Ocean on the Western Sierra slopes. Although the Eastern slopes ARE generally steeper; less vegetation also shows the underlying geology more clearly.

There is also significantly less development in the Eastern Sierras because Los Angeles bought the water rights for most of the area in the early 1900s. Owens Lake was allowed to dry up with little protest. However as Mono Lake continued to shrink; activists fought for more water and in 1992 won a court decision that forced the LAMWD to maintain Mono Lake at a defined level; however, most of the water from this stream will go to taps in Los Angeles.

See WS for one of our fearless leaders in action. Can you guess who?

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