Photographer's Note

An arch points the way to Lone Pine Peak

Prior to our recent TrekEarth summit in Lee Vining, Peter Boehringer and I met up for a sunrise shoot in the Alabama Hills outside of the small southern Eastern Sierra town of Lone Pine.

Even if you've never been to the Alabama Hills you may have seen them without knowing as over the years they've provided the location for many Western films in addition to numerous car commercials and advertisements. In fact there's an unpaved road running through the area called Movie Road.

The Hills, which are actually more like large granite boulder piles, are a nice light orange-like color and sit beneath the massive wall that is the Eastern Sierra Mountains. The abrupt rise of the mountains (from 4K ft to over 14K ft) behind the Alabama Hills is part of the allure the landscape.

The Alabama Hills are riddled with fascinating boulder shapes and if you take the time to explore them, you will find several arches varying in sizes. The arch pictured is one of the larger ones I have seen here although I sense you could spend many days here and not find them all.

The composition here would not have been my first choice since there are some "access" issues with this arch. The arch is very narrow and tall and does not provide a means of climbing up to it. But the opening of the arch, if you could climb up to it or lean into it from another rock, would provide a great framed view of Mt Whitney, the tallest peak in the contiguous US. Here, I had to settle for an exaggerated foreground shot of the arch with Lone Pine Peak, which rises over 12K ft in the background.


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