Thursday, October 24, 2013

A PARTLY STAY HOME DAY

We took it pretty easy today after our more strenuous yesterday.  Late this morning, we took a drive to the volcanic tableland which is just across from us.  We didn’t take the very rough Chalk Bluffs Rd this time but went to Bishop and took the paved road until we got to the gravel road heading up onto the tableland.  We found the boondocking spot of Paul and Nina who have a blog called Wheeling It which I read at times.  We continued down past their spot to the end of the little road at the edge of the Chalk Bluffs.  There was a great parking spot there but it was occupied.   It was the best spot for photos of the Eastern Sierra’s that we’ve seen so far in this area.
After lunch, I went I into Bishop for gas and to visit the Mountain Light Gallery which highlights the photographic work of the late Galen Rowell.  He was a contributor to National Geographic and a regular writer for Outdoor Photographer.  It features many large prints of this area and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in general but there were also some great shots taken in Patagonia and other areas of the world.  There was a large print on display of his iconic shot of the Dalai Lama’s temple with the rainbow striking it.

There is so much left to explore in this area we’ll have to come back again.  We are planning to stay until Sunday, I think, then, perhaps move another 50 or 60 miles down the road to near Lone Pine.  From there we plan on making it to Florence, AZ in three days of travel.

The Eastern Sierra's taken from the Volcanic Tableland 

A couple of cottonwood tree portraits taken on the way home from town


There was a bit of sunset after supper

And here we have the kissing clouds