Visiting the Alabama Hills in eastern California early this month the Rubber Rabbitbrush (yes, that it's name) was in full bloom on the side of the road climbing to the foot of the Sierra Nevada. This road is called the Whitney Portal Road. The road goes through the Alabama Hills and continuously climbs up an alluvial fan full of rock and glacial outwash to the base of the mountains and then climbs over 5,000 feet in just a few miles to about the 11,000 foot contour where it stops at a campground, parking lot, and lodge, Whitney Portal. This is the beginning of the 4000 foot climb to the top of Mount Whitney, 14,504 feet. Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states.
I think this fits the ToM of yellow. Plimrn recommended this image and one other during her visit this weekend.
I saw many people during our four night stay in the Alabama Hill making images of what they thought was Mt. Whitney. Lone Pine Peak on the front of the range and south of this canyon looks to the the highest peak, but Whitney is hard to pick out if you don't know what you are looking for. The CI was captured from our campsite and from the PoV the forepeak of rocks looks like a gunsight and I have aimed the sight at Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states. It sure is not impressive to look at. I will post another image in a few days that really proves this is the tallest peak around.
Two beautiful photos. The main photo with the yellow bushes aligning the road is a good addition to the theme. Thanks for the good note and the map, which supports well your description.
Beautiful shot, take us back to our recent family camping trip to the Eastern Sierra, Tyler at 2 and half love being out there, he even walk the whole trail to the Mobius Arch loop trail both way. We spent a day at the trail head to Mt. Whitney as well playing at the pond. I'm glade we did the hike to the top 3 years ago, I couldn't do it now due to some knee pain. Hopefully that goes away soon...
This is a wonderful time of years when the flowers are blooming, I remember when at Mono lake this same of similar flower all over the field within the tufas...
I love the detail of the clouds, they provide nice contrast to the bright yellow Rubber Rabbitbush, (thank you for the name) Although I have been up 395 to Mammoth Mtn innumerable times, I've never been up the Whitney Portal Road so I found the detail in your note fascinating. I do have a picture of Chris eating a burger at the lodge after completing the John Muir trail. I guess it's a tradition, especially after weeks of freeze-dried stuff. I too tried to call Lone Pine Peak, Mt Whitney when we were fishing near Bishop. I am so sorry I missed this image, I didn't have much wifi coverage on Lake Powell. HLJ, Pat