Photographer's Note

"Geologists theorize the granite of the Alabama Hills was shaped by chemical weathering druing a period when the climate was more moist and the rock was covered with soil. Chemical weathering, promoted by the downward percolation of water, exploited the granite's system of vertical and horizontal joints, zones of weakness that develop as granitic magma cools, separating the bedrock into blocks, then rounding off their edges and corners. As the climate became drier, soil formation slowed and erosion eventually stripped away the soil mantle, exposing the boulder piles we see today."
--- SUE IRWIN, "California's Eastern Sierra, A Visitor's Guide

Just west of Lone Pine off Highway 395, the Alabama Hills have dirt roads meandering through the golden brown giant boulder landscape. In this image can you spot the lone human? Look to the far right a top the large monolith.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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