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Summit in the Clouds

The summit of Mount Whitney, the contiguous United States' tallest peak, pokes out of the clouds with its 14,508 foot summit on a winter afternoon.
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Panamint Rain

In one of the driest places on Earth, seeing rain falling was a real delight. Here showers fall on the Panamint Range on the western side of Death Valley National Park.
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Mono Rains

A thunderstorm rains down on the east side of Mono Lake while the iconic tufa are still in full late afternoon sun.

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Death Valley Rains

Finally after many years of visiting Death Valley I was able to experience rain reaching the valley floor. Being used to weather-less skies I found the transformed landscape to be very interesting. Here we see rainfall hitting around the Mesquite Dunes and Stovepipe Wells looking north from Mars Hill. The dunes are hidden behind the alluvial fan that stretches far from left to right while the end of the Furnace Creek alluvial fan can be referenced by the mesquite and other plants that mark its borders on the right. Snow can be seen in the Funeral Mountains on the right.

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City Lights

The "Lights on LA" lights shine into the night sky as people take in the view from the Baldwin Hills in Culver City, California. The lights were put up by Asics to mark the 30th anniversary of the LA Marathon, marking each mile of the "Stadium to the Sea" route. Here we see the first few miles of the course that begins at Dodger Stadium and ends in Santa Monica.
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Marathon in the Sky

Twenty-six point two miles. That is the length of the “Stadium to the Sea” marathon route for the Los Angeles Marathon tomorrow. ASICS shined 124 spotlights last night, marking each mile of the 26.2 mile race. A slightly hazy but clear night afforded photographers, spectators, and exercisers a great view of the light show as scene from the top of Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park in Culver City. Some patchy high level clouds occasionally revealed the top of the beams throughout the evening until just before the lights were turned off when clouds allowed you to see nearly the entire course dotted across the clouds, which was really neat to see. Beams near downtown were extremely hard to make out with the naked eye but my 5D3 was able to resolve them a little better. In the full size panorama I can make out 26 beams plus some spotlights from the southwest side of downtown (perhaps near Nokia Live). It was very cool to see and well worth the effort to haul gear up that huge hill. This is a two-row 31 image stitched panorama.
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Dry Wash and Storm Clouds

In the mountains and the Racetrack Valley that lies beyond them a storm rages, dumping fresh snow in the higher elevations. Meanwhile down in the valley alluvium a dry wash cuts through alluvial deposits on its way to ever lower elevations.
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Sunset from Independence

The last rays of the sun illuminate a colorful sunset scene viewed from Independence Pass at over 12,000 feet elevation. Thousands of feet below golden fall aspen trees radiate their golden leaves amongst an ocean of evergreen. The prominent peak on the right side of frame is Rinker Peak (13,783 ft).

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Two Worlds

East and West appear as two contrasting worlds in the sky and below in this view from Death Valley's vast muddy salt flats. Multi shot pano with Sony A7r and Canon 24-70 2.8L II @ 50mm.
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Above it All

The summit of Mount Whitney stands above it all as it peeks through the clouds on a volatile winter afternoon. The summit was playing hide and seek in rapidly changing weather, with a full on storm system pummeling one valley to the south in the Tuttle Creek drainage. In the lower right the cut of Whitney Portal Road can be seen above the snow line. All of the Needles were obscured for awhile giving a very different feel to Whitney Summit. Sony A7r with Canon 100-400 F4L II via Metabones adapter.

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Aguereberry Dawn

The sun peeks over the Black Mountains at sunrise in this view from Death Valley National Park’s Aguereberry Point. The 6,433 ft viewpoint is named after a miner from the nearby Eureka Mine. It was several years of visits to Death Valley before I finally made it up to this viewpoint. I had the whole place to myself on this morning. Turbulent atmosphere would give way to rain and snow showers throughout the park, and looking towards this point from the valley floor later in the evening showed it to be covered in fresh snow. On the right side of frame the higher Panamints with some fresh snow disappear into the clouds, hiding Telescope Peak’s summit nearly a vertical mile higher than I was standing. I love Death Valley in the wintertime. 22 image panorama with Sony A7r and Canon 24-70 2.8L II via Metabones at 24mm, NOT the 24-70 FE OSS.
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Tallest

Mount Whitney stands above the clouds on a stormy Monday afternoon in this view of the tallest mountain in the 48 contiguous states. After a weekend of storm chasing in Death Valley National Park, I came up over the pass on highway 190 through a snow storm and emerged into a skylight of the Sierra Nevada peppered with storms. Although on my way home my gut told me to take a little detour over towards Lone Pine and take a look at a favorite mountain of mine. There was a storm hammering the valley immediately south of Lone Pine Peak, but just one valley north and through the Whitney Portal valley you could just catch sight of this tremendous mountain poking through the storm. One thing that always fascinated me about Mount Whitney is the sort of unassuming might of the mountain when viewed from far away. From the Owens Valley floor it is not exactly obvious that you are looking at the tallest peak around. However as you get closer you start to realize just how big of a mountain Whitney is, and on this day getting closer with the swirling dynamic cloudscape playing hide and seek with the peak, Whitney to me has never seemed taller. With the Needles obscured by clouds, the massive snowy summit seemed to stand alone above it all.
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