Photographer's Note

Shot from a low angle (on my back), the Alabama Hills arch appears to deceptively tower over Mt Whitney in the distance.

Mt Whitney can be seen as the highest bump on the farthest ridge in the distance. At 14,505ft (4,421 meters) it's the highest peak in the contiguous United States and from the foreground of this shot to the horizon is an amazing 10,000+ ft or 2 mile change in elevation. This easily seen abrupt rise allows the Eastern Sierra Mountains to just dominate the landscape as you tour the area.

This picture was taken just outside of Lone Pine in the Alabama Hills where I overnighted on my way to the TrekEarth summit in Lee Vining. I met up with Peter Boehringer in the morning for a sunrise shoot searching for arches.

From my southern California home I have made the trip to Lone Pine many times over the years. I usually start the 265 mile / 5 hour drive after work from the traffic-ridden Los Angeles area and arrive very late and very tired and weary. Usually I am too tired to pitch my tent and just sleep outside under the stars. This time of year, the overnight temperatures are very mild and it's actually a quite pleasant experience.

But in the morning when I awake to the majestic Eastern Sierra mountains behind me for hundreds of miles, the effort to get here is instantly justified.


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Additional Photos by Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 55 N: 835] (2860)
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