The John Muir Trail starts in Yosemite Valley and ends here at Mt. Whitney, named after Josiah Dwight Whitney the first Director of the California Geological Survey. This California State group was before the U.S. federal government's Wheeler Survey Group, starting in 1860. Whitney became the State's 'geologist' and would proclaim John Muir 'an amateur' being self schooled. The two would differ mightily on the creation of Yosemite Valley. Whitney said Yosemite was created by a cataclismic fault dropping the floor down. Muir having studied the mountains and rocks in person reasoned the Valley was carved by glacial action. Today, scientists know glaciers were responsible.
This image is from the Alabama Hills.
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jcpix (13658) 2014-06-13 19:54
Wow, quite a drastic change of visual effect from this one to your previous shot of the Alabama Hills! This has an other-wordly type of vibe, kind of Martian...without the red. :) It really caught my attention in the main gallery pages, I initially thought it was a wintry snow scene. I love the "craggly" formations, and textures. Great idea to try something out of the norm, I think this is one that will make people stop and think about it's uncharacteristic result. Beam me up Scotty! Have a good one.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2014-06-13 20:58
Ray, and of course I like that you chose to show us pictures from less touristic places..a trail that deserves some attention as is your image!!
a very helpful and informative note!!
emka (78876) 2014-06-13 22:45
Impressive mountain summit. Have you hiked all this trail, mire than 300 km? Must be fantastic experience. Breath taking view.
WArm regrads MAlgo.
mirosu (13774) 2014-06-14 2:36
Excellent rocks detail photo in perfect light, very good clarity. Nice contrast against dark blue sky. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice weekend.
PaulVDV (22123) 2014-06-14 3:41
This must definitely be the end of a trail. It looks like an impossible penetrable stone landscape, a real wilderness and a huge mess of rocks. Like after an enormous explosion.
But your note says that glaciers have created this landscape.
Did you try to go any further ?
It looks very impressive and I love that sky above the peaks.
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (24263) 2014-06-14 8:15
Amazing place, seeing the results of natures power so readily like this excellent, the lack of any plant life leaving these beautiful rocks open to view. The grey colors against that sky make this look like a scene from another planet.
Thanks as always
serp2000 (39998) 2014-06-15 4:03
I just can't believe... it looks like a handmade decoration, impressive geological heritage. Is it a scanned photo? Why did you write black&white? The sky has got original colors and hues, I think.
delpeoples (53009) 2014-06-21 4:16
Wow, I love the minimalism here. The strong blue contrasts superbly against the stark grey. Stunning granite rocks and amazing textures. The framing is excellent. A rip-snorting photo, congratulations.
ikeharel (57182) 2014-06-23 7:40
Fabulous mountain top rocks, with blue sky contrast the grey stones.
Each set of rocks "point" to a diff. direction, that's to say in ancient times there was some quake shaken the ridge and rocks fallen in a big pile, with no clear "order".
Fine taken this high terrain picture.