Hot Creek Gorge, California
Melting snow high in the eastern Sierra feeds Mammoth Creek. When the creek flows into the Long Valley Caldera, it enters this gorge and is called Hot Creek. Hot springs in this area flow into the creek not far from its confluence with the Owens River. The springs themselves are no longer safe for bathing, but a trail down into the gorge leads past the springs and fumaroles and along this beautiful stretch of the river. The creek water is clear and beautifully colored by the long water plants that wave in the current.
Sunset, Eastern Sierra from the Owens Valley, California
We had planned to stay in Yosemite this October day in 2013, but the park was closed due to the government shutdown. So we headed over the Tioga Road to the eastern Sierra, and happened upon this sunset scene right along highway 395 just south of Lee Vining. I love the desert vegetation here and all along the Owens Valley, and was glad it showed up in this backlit scene.
Moon Over The White Mountains; View from the Eastern Sierra, California
On our way down from Tioga Pass, the moon was rising over the White Mountains and Mono Lake. I loved the way the misty clouds veiled the moon, and the light gave a calming sense of the end of the day.