Location: Mono County, CA
Here we are at June Lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas, the elevation here is around 7600 ft and it gets a bit cold at night. I had this place in mind for a few months, the last time we visited it was too cold to get in the water, but on this night the conditions were just right!
Upon arriving at the camping spot, our neighbor alerted us to the fact that there was a large black bear mere feet away and that we should immediately put all our food in the bear box, so we did right away!
We heard the snapping of large branches on the ground and bush-shaking noises for a bit. After speaking with the rangers we learned that they have a local bear that weighs about 700 lbs and likes to investigate any smell of food. They told us not to have food in our tents because the bear was not shy about poking his head in to grab a bite!
Here's a deer on the outskirts of the lake, it pulled the 'deer in headlights' look long enough for me to snap this long exposure with some stars.
The next day we took an off road trip to Lake Crowley and checked out these strange formations I really wanted to see in person. There was a 2015 LA Times article about how they were formed that you can read HERE. Something to do with hot volcanic steam & ash mixing with cold waters above. Be advised that if you try to see this for yourself, you will need a 4x4 vehicle to get there.
Here's another view from inside the Crowley Columns.
It was blazing hot out there so we took a few umbrellas with us to block some of the sun. It was nice to cool off a bit on the walk back by stepping into the lake. Look at those sun rays!
One of the more disgusting aspects of this location was all the fossilized maggots in the rock.
After an adventurous ride back, we made our way to Mono Lake for sunset. The yellow road out there looked really nice at golden hour.
I brought my trusty Night-Writer with me to take a few glamour shots. Here I am levitating it with THE FORCE!
Look at that sunset!
One more glamour shot for good measure, the pink light was too nice.
Back at the camping spot we made a small fire and I did a short circle around the fire pit to create this looping gif. It might make you dizzy..
I pulled a late night mission to do a few other images in Owens Valley area and came away with this group of Quails walking across the road.
Around this time, it was about 3am and I was starting to get a bit delirious from lack of sleep.. Which is when the best stuff happens!
I really let this last shot rip.. It's actually 33 images in one! 32 for the Panorama of the environment and 1 for the light-painted skeletons. Very happy with the way this crazy image came together, I mirrored it bc I thought it looked great as a circle.
Title: Bigger Than Us