I just returned from a great trip to the Eastern Sierras with my camera club, Photographic Society of Orange County. We stay in the same motel and go our own way during the day, taking whatever pictures we like. We meet for happy hour and dinner, and occasionally run into each other while out taking photos.
I carpooled with fellow club member Mark Singer. We took pictures on the way up last Wednesday and all day Thursday. But then Mark received news that there had been a death in his family,. We headed back home on Friday, cutting the trip short by two days. We did join the club on Friday morning for a photo shoot in the ghost town of Bodie before heading back.
I took 844 photos with my Canon EOS D30 and 330 with my Nikon Coolpix P90. I got those narrowed down to 321 pictures that I worked with on my computer using Corel’s PaintShop Pro. Out of that batch, I really like 207 of them. Somehow I’ve got to narrow that down to something reasonable that I can post on my blog. Here are photos from the drive up, which includes the stretch of Hwy 395 that runs from Lone Pine to Bishop and beyond, including Tom’s Place.
The Eastern Sierras in October viewed from Diaz Lake.
Cottonwood at Diaz Lake near Lone Pine, CA
Yerba Mansa and autumn grasses at Lake Diaz near Lone Pine, California
View of Crowley Lake from road leading from Tom's Place
The shots above were taken with the Nikon. The ones below are from the Canon.
Rocks at the Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, California
Closeup of lichen on granite
Grasses between rocks of the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA.
The lighting is better in the early morning. This is what the Alabama Hills look like closer to noon.
The Alabama Hills were favorite locations for TV westerns and movies.
Cottonwoods, black poplars, copper birch and aspen had turned yellow.
Round Valley near Bishop.
Cottonwood leaf on rabbitbrush.
Rabbitbrush in autumn
Honeybee on rabbitbrush
Round Valley near Bishop, CA
Creek near Tom's Place
Copper birch leaves
Mark and a pack mule confront each other. I love the light splatter in this photo.
Wild rose hips
Path through the October woods near Tom's Place, CA
And that concludes Day One of our trip.
About Lou Murray, Ph.D.
I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
It’s always fun to see someone else’s version of the same trip.
Still working on my 1,000 photos and trying to wittle it down to a manageable amount.
All the Best!
Shelley, hope you got some good shots. Sorry we didn’t run into you more often on the trip. I’m getting used to the “you’re on your own” style of our club’s photo trips, but I’m happy that we ran into people for meals.
Wonderful work Lou!! Enjoyed the fotos a lot!!