Photographing Death Valley, Eastern Sierra, and Mono Lake

Dunes, mountains, a lake, and a river.

Route of the roadtrip to Death Valley and Mono Lake from San Jose.

Route of the roadtrip to Death Valley and Mono Lake from San Jose.

Eastern California in Winter

During last Christmas break, I drove to the eastern part of California. The first stop was Death Valley. After photographing the dunes, I headed over to Bishop. It's an under-appreciated place on route 395. After photographing Mt. Whitney and the badlands of Alabama Hills, I made a short trip to Mono Lake. Here are a few pictures from that trip.

I did want to make a full loop by driving via Tahoe. But the roads were just bad that way. So I had to trace my route back to Bay Area.

Photo of Mesquite Flat Dunes in the Death Valley.

Photo of Mesquite Flat Dunes in the Death Valley. Winter, evening.

Photo of Mesquite Flat Dunes in the Death Valley.

Photo of Mesquite Flat Dunes in the Death Valley. Winter, evening.

Photo of Mesquite Flat Dunes in the Death Valley.

Photo of Mesquite Flat Dunes in the Death Valley. Winter, evening.

Photo of sunrise at Mobius Arch. Alabama Hills, CA. Winter.

Sunrise at Mobius Arch with Mt. Whitney in the background. Alabama Hills, CA. Winter.

Photo of a road at sunrise and mountains with alpenglow in the background.

The road from Pahrump, NV to Death Valley National Park at sunrise. Winter.

Photo of peaks in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California.

Peaks of eastern sierra in the morning. Near Bishop, CA. Winter.

Photo of peaks in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California.

Peaks of eastern sierra in the morning. Near Bishop, CA. Winter.

Photo of peaks in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California.

Peaks of eastern sierra in the morning. Near Bishop, CA. Winter.

Photo of peaks in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California.

Peaks of eastern sierra in the morning. Near Bishop, CA. Winter.

Photo of peaks in the Eastern Sierra mountains in California.

Peaks of eastern sierra in the morning. Near Bishop, CA. Winter.

Photo of the Owens River near Bishop, CA and mountains with alpenglow in the background.

Winding Owens River near Bishop, CA and Sierra Nevada mountains with alpenglow in the background. Winter. Sunrise.

Photo of tufa in Mono Lake at sunset.

Tufa reflections in the calm water of Mono Lake at sunset. Winter.

Photo of tufa in Mono Lake.

Sunlight illuminating the tufa in Mono Lake in the late afternoon. Winter.

Photo of tufa in Mono Lake.

Tufa in Mono Lake. Winter. Sunset.

Photo of tufa in Mono Lake.

Tufa in Mono Lake. Winter. Sunset.

Photo of tufa in Mono Lake.

Tufa in Mono Lake. Winter. Sunset.

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