Using Reds Meadow campground as a base camp it is an easy one mile saunter to the Devils Postpile.
This area is within the Ansel Adams Wilderness protected from development and environmental disruptions. The John Muir Trail popular for back packing also lies within the Wilderness and connects here.
Many, many moons ago I came here on my honeymoon and tent camped. Along with that factor and my becoming a transportation government agent/analyst, kinda like a bureaucrat James Bond but none of the glamour, wealth or good looks, led to the eventual divorce. I had a license to analyze but not kill.....
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delpeoples (55090) 2014-06-05 7:43
Ahhh your note had me in stitches! Licence to Analyse. Well now you have a licence to shoot, but it's only with your camera. Beautiful textures and stunning perspective. Great idea the B&W. What a magnificent place, even if it heralded a divorce!
Noel_Byrne (27396) 2014-06-05 10:31
Amazing, this is just like the Organ, a rock formation at the Giants Causeway too, but this is a lot bigger and more impressive. A great choice in black and white too, it highlights the strong light and brings out superb detail in each and every piece of broken rock. Really nicely done.
The contrast of light on the trees above is striking too!
All the best
nikkitta (16758) 2014-06-05 16:42
HY Ray or James?
Fortunatelly you have no killing license and instead of killing took photos, really a funny note
Impessive place, like the W/B use, seems ever more dramatic
Well done, regards
jcpix (13814) 2014-06-05 17:10
So you're quasi-Bond, eh...good enough! :) Perhaps it's the suggestion of title and note, or the black & white scheme, but this image really does have an Ansel Adams look and feel. Love the contrasting layers of light and directional elements. If for nothing else, points for using the term "many, many moons ago." :) A well constructed and executed shot! enjoy the rest of the evening. Take it easy.
Friendly regards from next door,
Silvio1953 (130330) 2014-06-06 13:45
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic formation, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
fabbs99 (16817) 2014-06-06 22:10
Fantastic shot of the Devils Postpile in monochrome.I love to see the strong contrast.Very well done.Keep sharing.
serp2000 (42060) 2014-06-08 3:28
Wow! It looks like a natural bricks factory, Ray!
I have never seen this phenomenon, thanks for another interesting place in Calefornia.
I don't know this real color, but I like your idea to show it in black&white version.
Have a great Sunday!
emka (86409) 2014-06-08 23:56
What a pity that this honeymoon in such a marvelous place ended with divorce eventually. But not all the ladies appreciate camping :).
Are these basalt columns? I saw fantastic examples on Staffa Island, Hebrides, and lately also on Garni in Georgia.
Impressive view. With black and white choise it looks like Ansel Adams shot.
WArm regrads MAlgo