Trona Pinnacle National Natural Landmark,
Searless Lake, California
A couple of weeks ago I took a camping trip to the east side of Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California. Since the mountain pass over Yosemite National Park is still closed due the past winter storms I had to go around the southern end of the mountain range into the Mojave Desert. this detour gave me a chance to visit an area I have heard about but have not visited. The Trona Pinnacles are tufa towers that grew from springs on the bottom of Searless Lake when it was an inland sea many millennia ago. since it was the beginning of the hot summer months I had the pinnacles to myself.
The main reason for the get away was to learn how to use my new camera and maybe do some star photography. Another reason was to photograph the wild horse Joanne and I discovered last autumn when I did not have the right lenses with me. This image is a sunrise image taken during the blue hour before sunrise. No filter were used to make the image and it was capture in one exposure.
We pass through Trona few times on route to DV. The town itself was really depression and sad with many abandon shop and trashes layer around, and I did see the pinnacle from the distance and we decide to go of a closure look, but it was in the middle of the day, hot and dusty, I was not impressed maybe when it is not too hot and not in the middle of the day, it is probably a much more appealing place than I remembered.
Great shot on both, I love the light in your tent, and what a nice blue hour light.
What a stunning sky! It is surprising to see these tufa towers out of water. I guess they are a bit like icebergs. The golden plant life looks a bit like poppies but I suspect that I am wrong.Your tent also makes a attractive composition. Guess you're not too old to sleep on the ground. Another image that I commented an then didn't get posted! UGH! HLJ x 4, Pat
jwmunro (2019/07/04 17:15:29): Thanks for the visit Pat. Since I was traveling by myself I decided to use the tent rather than the trailer and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed camping in places where you had to camp rough. No tables, no developed campsites or ammenities, and no people. Once in a while it is nice to be alone, really alone. No the red on the grown is not poppies but first light on the grasses.
Sleeping on the ground was kind of hard on the body but I had my drugs with me to minimize the morning pain. By the time I headed home, six days later, the morning pain was all but gone.