Photographing various lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region in California.
The eastern part of California is like an alien world. Much of it is a high-altitude desert dotted with mountains, dry lakes, and mines. The rest of it is dominated by the Sierra Nevada mountains. A few mountain passes -- Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass -- cross the mountains from the Central Valley to the Eastern Sierra. On the eastern side of the mountains, along Highway 395, there are many opportunities for hiking. Many of them lead to alpine or sub-alpine lakes. Others lead to strange geological sites. Every year I spend a few weekends camping and hiking there. Here are some photos from one such trip in the Mono Lake region of Eastern Sierra.
The region west of Highway 395 between Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes has many outdoor opportunities. There are several lakes, hot springs, and hiking trails. Naturally, this area is rather well developed. There are many resorts, hotels, and campgrounds in the area. However, the landscape is so vast, it is easy to find solitude.
Virginia Lakes is a high-altitude series of lakes near Bridgeport, California. Some of the lakes can be accessed by relatively short hikes. The water in these lakes is deep blue and clear. It reminded me of Crater Lake.