Photography by Ronald J. Parker and Yvonne Adan

Eastern Sierra

It was dicussed that we take a trip to the Owens Valley to photograph its natural wonders. I had taken the trip many times in the 1970's from los Angeles to Lone Pine, Independence or Big Pine to climb in the Sierras. These trips would be marathon affairs all on their own. You would start in the San Fernando Vallety after work on Friday. It was a long struggle with the VW camper van to negotiate the uphill slug all the way over the hills to the Antelope Valley to windy Mojave. Then it was up, up and more up to go past Red Rock Canyon, Little Lake and Olancha. You would reach Lone Pine about midnight and find a place to park and sleep for the night. Then drive to trailhead on Saturday morning. You would backpack into your location, climb a peak, stay overnight, climb another peak and pack out. Then drive back to LA. Unforunately in those days I didn't have much of a camera.

The Trip

We started out on Sunday afternoon and drove to Tehatchapi. We got some photos of Windmills as we came through the hills and then after dinner with the setting Sun. We got up before dawn to travel to Red Rock Canyon for some rising sun on the red rocks. Back to Tehatchapi for breakfast and check out of the Motel. Then on to Lone Pine for Lunch and a chance to take some pictures in the Alabamas. We found there had been many, many westerns and films shot starting with the silent films. We had some clouds moving in and light showers. Tuesday we were on our way to Mammoth Lakes. We arrived in time for lunch and took a trip up to Mono Lake information center Bridgeport and Twin Lakes. We then returned to the South shore of Mono Lake for some late light shots of Tufa. Then back to Mammoth Lakes for the night. The next day we stopped to observe a earthquake fault by Mammoth. Then on to Bodie for a picnic lunch at picnic ground. The last several miles of road to Bodie is gravel. We then did a walking tour of Bodie. Back to Mammoth Lakes for the night. The next day back to Bishop with a stop at the Mountain Light Gallery of Galen Rowen. We stopped at Schat's Bakery in Bishop for a loaf of their Sheepherder Bread and a sandwich for lunch. Then up the hill to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. We stopped at Sierra Vista to have our lunch. Then on to Schulman Grove and did the discovery loop at 10,000 ft. elevation.Then down to Lone Pine for dinner and the overnight stay. The next day we went to the Lone Pine Film Museum and had an interesting venture thru the cowboy westerns of Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger, John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Then back home....

Alabamas and Sierras as seen from Lone Pine


Windmills at sunset, Red Rock Canyon at Sunrise, Alabama hills with white puffy clouds,Sierra Peak with glacier, Tufa at Mono Lake at Sunset, 19th century buildings of Bodie, textures of old growth Bristlecone Pines of the White Mountains and Mount Whitney as seen from Lone Pine.

Windmills at sunset red rock canyon at dawn leaning rock in front of clouds glacier on north side of sierra peak reflection of tufa at mono lake bodie house with sun porch texture of bristlecone pine view of sierras from lone pine

Alabama Hills rocks Mono Lake Photo town of Bodie Photo Bristlecone Pine Tree Photo


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Mono Lake

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Bristlecone Pines

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