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"The great mountain wall of the Sierra Nevada has two unlike faces. The western face, intercepting the moisture laden winds from the Pacific, is well watered, and magnificently forested, and though the descent from the highest peaks to the base is great, the angle of the slope is not. In absolute contrast is the eastern face of this mountain range. It forms, in places, one of the steepest, swiftest descents - almost a downward plunge - of the planet's surface. It faces the desert, and its slopes are arid. At first this side of the Sierra appears much the less hospitable and charming, and it is certainly less accessible. But in time one comes to have a special affection for its dramatic scenery, for its pure, cold lakes so secretively concealed, for the bracing dryness of its air, for its greater wildness and lack of milling throngs of our fellow humans."
--- DONALD CULROSS PEATTIE, "A Natural History of Western Trees" 1953

This view is another spur road going west from Highway 395, from Lone Pine. In the foreground is sagebrush, rabbitbrush, then Aspen trees, In the distance, is hidden the tallest mountain in North America outside of Alaska, Mount Whitney.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1070 W: 1 N: 2827] (11745)
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