At the end of April 2014 Nancy and I decided to take another road trip. The northbound portion of it was similar to the trip last fall, we visited her aunt in Concord and my cousin and her crew in Talent, Oregon. The images below commence in southern Oregon and proceed down the southeastern Cascades and the eastern Sierra, most of the trip via US-395.
Evidence of the drought that California and the west have been dealing with was plain to see, especially in the Sierra Nevada. There was practically no snow in the southern Sierra, even above 10,000 feet!. Lakes, whether man made or naturally occurring, were down for the most part, some dramatically so.We visited several places that were just too dry and dusty to inspire photography. This was never more so than in the June Lakes loop off of US-395 in eastern California.
Still, I got some good images, a few of which I wanted to share with you here. All images taken with my Canon 5D Mk.I unless otherwise stated.
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Here we go ...
Crater Lake, Oregon, early afternoon of 26 April. Air temperature 27° F, surface elevation 7,130 feet.
View looks north-northeast from the south shore of the lake, taken from a point halfway between the Rim Village complex and the Lodge. Wizard Island is on the left. There was at least four feet of snow on the ground, drifts of six feet or more were common. The lake loop and north access roads were still closed due to snow.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 47mm focal length, ISO 400, f/13 at 1/400th.
On the way back from Crater Lake, southwest of Fort Klamath and north of Upper Klamath Lake. We are near the junction of Sevenmile Road and West Side Road looking east in the mid-afternoon of 26 April.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 28mm focal length, ISO 400, f/10 at 1/250th.
Ashland, Oregon 27 April.
Taken with my iPhone 4S, 4mm focal length, ISO 64, f/2.4 at 1/30th.
Mount Shasta (14,162 feet). View looks southeast from near the community of Edgewood, California 29 April.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 65mm focal length, ISO 400, f/13 at 1/500th.
Reflection Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, early afternoon 29 April.View looks west-northwest.
This little lake is located on the north side of Lassen Peak Highway, just west of the ranger station.
Taken using the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, 21mm focal length, ISO 400, f/13 at 1/320th.
This image, taken early afternoon 29 April, shows Mount Lassen, elevation 10,475 feet, which last erupted in 1915.
This view looks west from the overlook at the edge of the "devastation area" that resulted from the 1915 eruption.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with a Hoya polarizing filter, 75mm focal length, ISO 400, f/13 at 1/400th.
Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, afternoon 29 April.
This lake is located across Lassen Peak Highway from Reflection Lake, shown above. This view looks southeast from near the entrance station and shows Lassen (on the left) and Loomis Peak (on the right), with Bumpass Mountain in the background.
(Hey, I don't make 'em up, I just report 'em ...)
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with a Hoya polarizing filter, 28mm focal length, ISO 400, f/8 at 1/160th.
The appropriately named "Sawtooth Ridge," located approximately 14 miles southwest of Bridgeport, California. View looks south-southwest from where the multiple fingers of Robinson Creek cross US-395 on the afternoon of 30 April. The highest portion of the ridge is 11,980 feet in elevation.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 135mm focal length, ISO 320, f/13 at 1/500th.
The Methodist Church at the northwest corner of Green Street and Fuller Street in Bodie, California, mid-afternoon30 April. Built by
in 1882, it saw it's last regular service conducted in 1932. This view looks northeast from Green Street.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 35mm focal length, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/400th.
The Standard Mining Company mill complex at Bodie, California. This structure replaced the original all-wooden mill built in 1877, which burned down in 1898. This replacement mill is of wood-frame construction covered in corrugated steel. Over it's twenty-five year life of continuous operation this mill produced approximately $14 million worth of gold and silver. Tailings are visible on Bodie Bluff in the background, home to the Standard Mine and its predecessor, the Bunker Hill Mine.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 28mm focal length, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/500th.
The Bodie School House.
Originally the Bon Ton Lodging House, in 1879 it was converted to use as a school house when the original school house burned down. At some point in Bodie's history there were over 600 students enrolled here, the Bodie School District and this building remained in service until the District shut down in 1943 due to lack of students.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 135mm focal length, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/500th.
The "billiard room" of the Wheaton & Hollis Hotel, at the northeast corner of Main Street and Green Street in Bodie.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 28mm focal length, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/60th.
The Boone Store & Warehouse, northwest corner of Main Street & Green Street, Bodie.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 41mm focal length, ISO 400, f/8 at 1/125th.
Interior of the Boone Store & Warehouse. The sign on the back wall reads:
Boone & Wright
and dealers in
Note the old crank-style wall mounted telephone below and to the right of this sign.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 28mm focal length, ISO 400, f/4 at 1/50th.
We are in front of the "Red Barn," south of Green Street and east of Fuller Street in Bodie. Nice porcelain bathtub somebody left out here in the middle of the yard ... View looks northwest, Fuller Street is just out of the picture to the left.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 28mm focal length, ISO 400, f/13 at 1/400th
On the east perimeter of the modern-day parking lot above the west end of Green Street stands some machinery moved to this location from elsewhere in the district. This is a steam-powered winch complete with coils of three-inch wide webbed steel strap. I could find no builders plate on this equipment, so know very little about it.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 35mm focal length, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/320th
The boiler which perhaps produced the steam for the winch above. The embossed builders information reads:
Scott & Co
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 53mm focal length, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/320th
And this wooden edifice is the headframe, accompanied by what I believe is a flywheel for the winch. A discerning eye will notice the two rusting, steel containers that look like ore buckets with peaked covers at the base of the headframe, between the uprights. This is pretty much what they are, they did double duty of moving men, tools, and equipment into and out of the mine via the vertical main shaft, and also hauled ore up out of the mine via the same route. The winch shown above undoubtedly worked those "buckets" up and down the shaft via this headframe. View looks southeast at mid-afternoon.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 44mm focal length, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/400th.
Leaving Bodie, heading roughly west. The prominent peaks in the distance are of the mighty Sierra. They are (left to right) Excelsior Mountain (12,446 feet), Dunderberg Peak (12,374 feet), Virginia Peak (12,001 feet), Whorl Mountain (12,033 feet), and Matterhorn Peak (12,279 feet). Our road climbs a low ridge about half a mile away, those peaks are about twenty miles distant. View looks west at mid-afternoon.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 60mm focal length, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/400th.
Silver Lake, late morning 1 May. This is located on the June Lakes Loop off of US-395 south of Mono Lake and Lee Vining. View looks almost due south at Carson Peak, 10,908 feet, which is located just west of the June Lake ski resort. The prominent, snow-filled canyon running up the eastern shoulder of Carson Peak is called the "Devils Slide Couloir" (couloir is French meaning "passage," I think), and is quite popular with the back country skiers. It's rated as black / double-black diamond for a 2000 plus foot run at a 45 degree angle or better. Not for this old dog!
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 29mm focal length, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/400th.
The falls of Lone Pine Creek at the end of Whitney Portal Road, morning of 2 May. In all my trips into the eastern Sierra, this is the very first time in my memory that I have been able to get to Whitney Portal. In all my other attempts I was blocked by snow, landslides, and / or locked gates. This was a new adventure for me. And I experimented a little bit with this scene, taking it at a much slower shutter speed to enhance the effect of the water flowing over the rocks. It worked, but I need to practice, and remember to start carrying my tripod with me if I'm going to make a habit of this kind of picture.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with the 5D set in manual programming mode, 28mm focal length, ISO 100, f/22 at 1/8th.
The Keeler Needles and Mount Whitney on the morning of 2 May. Whitney (14,495 feet) is in the center background of the image, the Needles are the sharp prominences just to the left (the tallest of which is 14,300 feet). View looks west up the canyon of Lone Pine Creek in the vicinity of Lone Pine Campground.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 90mm focal length, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/500th.
Horseshoe Meadows, elevation 10,000 feet, near noon 2 May. Another first like the trip up to Whitney Portal for the same reason, this is the first time I've ever found the road open. And what a road ... seven levels of switchbacks climb from Carroll Creek (5,500 feet) to cross into upper Cottonwood Creek Canyon at 9,600 feet. The total ascent of the road from Lone Pine is over 6,000 feet in 24 miles, 4,000 of those feet are made in the 9.5 miles of switchbacks. Still, it's a wide, paved road (but no guard rails, it was pointed out to me), so it's no big deal if there's no snow or ice.
Taken using the Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, 90mm focal length, ISO 400, f/14 at 1/500th.
Up in Oregon the temperature never got much past 70 degrees. When we left Susanville coming down US-395 things got progressively warmer ... it was in the 90s heading south from a late lunch at Olancha. By the time we got back to the OC it was over 100 degrees! What a far cry from the 27 degrees at Crater Lake ...
Thanks for rolling along with us. Constructive criticism on the images appreciated.