SO37

SO37  6000x4000 pixels  1 frame 1 image  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view            image text section

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Upper Kern Basin Backpack (2of2)

Continuing from page 7 additional images.

SO33-2x1h

SO33-2x1h  11000x3900 pixels  2 frame 2 column 1 row 32 image focus stack blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Expansive view across a foxtail pine forest towards Kaweah Peaks Ridge and the Great Western Divide. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and John Muir Trail route in the area below this slope.

SO21

SO21  6000x4000 pixels  1 frame 22 image focus stack blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Foxtail pines growing amid coarse sanded granite soils between exfoliating granite slabs.

SO34

SO34  6000x3400 pixels  1 frame 1 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 SEL1650@27mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Final phase of the dawn earth shadow to the west with its light pink hues reflecting in a no name pond. The strongest colors of the Earth shadow are always around the sun axis where there are minimal ridges blocking lowest elevation warm light.

SO23-4x1v

SO23-4x1v  11900x5700 pixels  4 frame 4 column 1 row 64 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

The background shows the Great Western Divide and Kings Kern Divide while most trees below on this shallow frog pond bench are foxtail and lodgepole pines.

SO25

SO25  3300x5000 pixels  1 frame 5 image focus stack blend  A6000 60mm
enlarged vertical slice view

An aesthetically shaped back lit foxtail pine. Below in the foreground are drying mostly gone to seed Lobb's lupine, lupinus lepidus var. lobbii, that probably peaked 2 or 3 weeks earlier. There wasn't as much of this species present in the basin as I expected there might be.

SO12-2x1h

SO12-2x1h  10100x4000 pixels  2 frames 2 columns 1 row 22 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

No name lake and Kaweah Peaks Ridge. For scale, note the tent with 2 people at frame left.

SO27-4x1v

SO27-4x1v  15400x6000 pixels  4 frames 4 columns 1 row 68 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Part of the upper Tyndall Creek basin with Forester Pass, Junction Peak, and Diamond Mesa and a talus lateral moraine sweeping up against this ridge. The willows at mid ground show where water is seeping through.

SO28

SO28  6000x4000 pixels  1 frame 1 image  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Dawn silhoutte reflection with Mt Williamson, Trojan Pk, and Mt Barnard. I will usually shoot a sequence of dawn or dusk shots and during post processing keep only those with best color. On my A6000, I usually end up setting the exposure down at -2 or -3 compensation because I don't bother to go into the menu labyrinth in order to change from center to spot exposure. If results look too light or dark, I'll just delete, readjust, then lock the exposure for the following set of shots.

SO11-3x1v

SO11-3x1v  10000x6000 pixels  3 frames 3 columns 1 row 59 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

A small seep meadow full of a bit past peak wildflowers with the Kings Kern Divide rising in the background including Table Mountain, Thunder Mtn, Mt Jordan, and Mt Genevra. Note how such meadows are often complemented by areas of willow.

SO30-6x1v

SO30-6x1v  19100x6000 pixels  6 frames 6 columns 1 row 107 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

A 6 column stitch blend as Mt Russel, Mt Whitney, and Mt Hale rise beyond a small no name lake. The enlarged vertical slice view foreground shows pussy paw flowers in the slightly rusty hued coarse granite sand. The sand here is too deep versus grass closer to the lake to reach the bedrock below where water is capped above.

SO18

SO18  6000x4000 pixels  1 frame 1 image  A6000 60mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Warm sunset light on upper branches of a foxtail pine snag with clouds and blue sky.

SO20

SO20  6000x4000 pixels  1 frame 1 image  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Bowling pin silhouette dusk reflection in a pond. One needs patience to wait well after sunset for western skies to become this saturated. Afterwards I had the tricky task with headlamp of finding my way across a trail less expanse to my tent. Not finding my remote camp was not an option as temperatures regularly reach frosty temperatures at these elevations above 11k by dawn at any time during summer months.

SO22

SO22  4000x6000 pixels  1 frame 15 image focus stack blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Close-up of a twisting foxtail pine trunk full of pitch against blue sky. Note the dark very sticky with sap pine cones against the sky.

SO17-5x1v

SO17-5x1v  16300x6000 pixels  5 frames 5 columns 1 row 78 image focus stack stitch blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

In the distance, the Kaweah Peaks Ridge with 13,802 foot Mt Kaweah at frame left. I saw no footprints anywhere in this waterless realm except those of bighorn sheep.

SO26

SO26  6000x4000 pixels  1 frame 4 image focus stack blend  A6000 30mm
enlarged vertical slice view

Earth shadow early phase rising behind 14,042 foot Mt Russell and 14,491 foot Mt Whitney, reflecting in a small pool. Note the darker purple color at frame left skyline that rises up after the lighter magenta purples.

ao20y

On my eighth day I crossed back over to the east side of 12,040 foot Shepherd Pass, re-crossed the steep snowfield at page right just east of Shepherd Pass, and continued down canyon to the Anvil Camp zone where I set up my tent, took a dunk in the stream, and made dinner before retiring early.

As related at the end of Page 7, at dawn Monday August 28, 2019, I took the image at page top that shows the sliver moon above a silhouetting foxtail pine. I was impressed by the strong quality of the light, not only during the dawn sequence but also with the warm red light where I was camped at over 10k. I broke camp packing up gear and set off down the trail towards the trailhead. With 4600 feet of downhill over 8 miles including the waterless 4.1 mile section, I needed to pace myself wisely. Along the way I did work a couple modest landscape subjects. At the last stream off Mt Kieth, filled up fully with water and continued on the 500 or so feet of uphill vertical to the Symmes - Shepherd notch. I then endured the dozens of switchbacks down to Symmes Creek hiking at a strong pace though regularly stopping. From that stream crossing the last mile was a weary effort as I pushed to the end. At the trailhead took a quick refreshing dunk in the stream, organized gear, then drove off, epic mission accomplished.

I stopped at the McDonalds in Bishop plus gas and continued on the rest of the long 6 hours home without stopping as the adventure ended. Back at home I intermittently worked on post processing for not only this trip but also most of those from my 2 earlier trips. And then in likewise lazy manner have been writing the html for these web pages that will upload 4 trips before Thanksgiving.

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