Wheeler Glacier and Cirque Headwall

Wheeler Glacier and Cirque Headwall

Wheeler Glacier and Cirque Headwall. Great Basin National Park, Nevada. September 26, 2017. © Copyright 2017 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Wheeler Glacier and the cirque headwall below Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park

On my recent first-time visit to Nevada’s Great Basin National Park I experienced the challenges and rewards of photographing a brand new (to me!) location. As I have previously noted, I usually avoid doing too much research about a new destination ahead of time, at least beyond what is necessary to successfully get there and back and locate places to stay and eat, along with the most basic known features of the place. (For anyone who hasn’t heard the message already, I’m trying to retain the potential for discovery in new places and to make it more likely that I will form my own orientation to them.) So, what I actually knew about this park in advance of my visit was somewhat limited: it is formed around the Snake Mountains, it is famous for its caves, Wheeler Peak is the second highest point in Nevada, there might be fall color at this time of year, that much of the park is not easily accessible… and there is a glacier!

From this and a few of my other photographs of the high areas of the park you might get the impression that it is largely and alpine place. It isn’t. In fact, the spots that do have that feeling are a small portion of the park and at least partially notable for being exceptions. Yet, once you arrive at such places they become your entire world. (Well, almost your entire world, since views of the surrounding "basin" terrain are rarely far away.) This glacial cirque cuts into the highest ridge, separating the two tallest summits in the park. The view straight into this glacial valley is, indeed, impressively alpine. (As I write this I have a photograph of a Pacific Northwest glacier scene from Mount Shuksan open on my computer, and it shares remarkable parallels with this photograph.) On this visit the effect was enhances by a recent dusting of early autumn snowfall that coats the mountains and the top of the huge rock glacier at the lower edge of the much smaller ice glacier.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist. His book, "California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra" is available from Heyday Books and Amazon.
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Posted by G Dan Mitchell on 2017-10-01 18:25:31

Tagged: , wheeler , peak , glacier , headwall , curque , basin , rocky , mountains , cliff , great basin , national , park , nevada , landscape , nature

Day 253/365 – A day at the mines.

Day 253/365 - A day at the mines.


I’m currently sitting in a comfy leather seat, feet up on an ottoman typing to the future me…and you. Were traveling out to what I can only imagine will be a place void of nearly all modern comfort. But I have no fear of the rough wild west as we are traveling with all the comforts of home, a 48′ bomb ass RV with quads in tow. A rolling 70 feet of luxury. I’m not very hard to please as I really would of been happy to be camping period. You’d think I’m 10 years old when if fact I’m closer to 30 and I’m still overly excited to be kicking back in an RV typing my blog while traveling 60mph and watching the rolling mountain landscape fly by!

We nearly cleared out the house and refrigerator in preparation. I made sure to grab everything I’d need to cook for everyone. I even went back in to grab more butter! Julia Childs is probably the only other person who loves butter as much as I do! Unfortunately after this trip everyone may see just how much I love butter!

I’ve come to the decision that I will be purchasing one of these new fangled RVs in lue of an actual home. I don’t like to be too stationary and this would be a great way to have home with me at all times! I’m sure my parents wouldn’t mind me parking in their driveway. Just think… I could invite them over to my place for dinner but still be close enough to shop in their refrigerator!

I had mentioned to Joyce today that I was going to have to take a 3 day weekend once these project is over and not bring any technology. No camera, no lights, no computer, no phone. She laughed and said She’ll have to be there to see that and make sure I don’t cheat! Its not easy traveling during this project yet I’ve done it more than i have in the past 10 years. I was told that I was worse than a woman as to go camping I have a 2 bags, a large suit case, 40lbs of lead acid batteries, 3 stands, a tripod and a full bag of ingredients for gourmet cooking. I remember the days when I could get on a plane with a book bag and a duffle bag and I’d be good for 2 weeks. Its ok cause I love what I’m doing now and for the fist time I’ll have a full daily account of my life for an entire year. If I keep doing this, one day I’ll be able to publish the most obnoxious and random book of memoirs!

Well were here… It appears that we are going to be camping in the middle of an old copper mining town. Should be interesting. Until I return with tails of desert fun and photography…

Several Hours and several pounds of dust Later:

We were traveling through the mountains in no particular direction. Trails? what trails? The "paths" looked as if they hadn’t been used since the gold rush! Our first run in with danger came in the form of a very steep rock slop. With a little patience and careful and skilled maneuvers we were able to get down the slop. Once we made it down we were now on a plateau with no foreseeable exit. With a little scouting we found a path leading further up the mountain which eventually led us down to a main path.

We figured it was time to head back to the camper since we’d already been out for nearly 4 hours. The path we were on seemed smooth and straight until we found a recently abandoned bronco two with a flat tire in the middle of the rocky path. WIth the trucks owner no where in site and the truck blocking the bulk of the path. We had to be creative and slowly sneak by the truck. We drove down a few hundred feet and was confronted with a 10 foot drop that was slightly steeper than we were comfortable with. We immediately knew why that truck had a flat tire! I can’t understand how that truck made it up that sharp rock incline in the first place. Our problem now was how to get our bikes down this slop? Solution… the brand new wench attached to the front of Joyce’s bike! With 4 Wheeler hooked up we lowered it down. Next problem was getting the 2nd bike down. After searching for a suitable anchor and coming up with nothing we broadened our search. The truck was too far away or we would have anchored to that! With a little stretch of our imagination we found a deep rooted desert shrub and crossed our fingers that it would work! Luckily it did and we were once again on our way.

After a total of 4 hours yet only 18 miles later and we were back at the RV. We had time for a quick dinner before we were to head back out to the abandoned copper mine we had found during the first hour of our ride.

The skies were darkening, the wind was picking up and the forecast was starting to look threatening. We split the gear between both bikes, suited up and made our way back to the mine.

We made it to the mine with what looked like very little time to snap the shot. We made our way to the second tear, overlooking the vast landscape with ominous rain clouds. Thunder could be heard in the distance and there was a massive sand storm rolling through the valley below. It looked almost like living creature crawling over the landscape.

With two lights setup, Carl (Joyce’s father) stepped in as tonights star. We snapped several shots with both the 24-70 lens and the Tokina wide angle. After about a dozen shots we were forced to call it quits as the thunder was booming a little close for comfort. With the speed of a young child promised ice-cream we packed up and made our way down the mountain too the safety of the RV.

Tomorrow is more exploring, more head jarring, body shaking off road fun. There are hundreds of small structures littered throughout the desert landscape and we are going to explore them all! I spotted a cool crumbling building that I’m itching to snap shots of. I’ll be bringing my camera from the start tomorrow so I’ll be sure to not miss anything.

Time to kick back and relax. I’m foreseeing some sore legs tomorrow!


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Posted by Michael Herb on 2011-09-11 04:32:00

Tagged: , 365 , Nevada , camping , day 253

Model Airplane Memorial for OCF Plane Crash Victims at Sunrise

Model Airplane Memorial for OCF Plane Crash Victims at Sunrise

I saw this from a distance and found it captivating. I didn’t know anything about it or who put it there, but after the burn I heard that it was part of a memorial for the four people from Oregon Country Fair who died in a plane crash last July.

Makes me think that Fair needs a temple…instead of burning it, we let the river sweep it away when the winter floods come.

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Posted by Michael Holden on 2012-09-21 21:34:10

Tagged: , Black Rock City , Burning Man , Burning Man 2012 , bm2012 , bman2012 , festival , Nevada , USA , US , TEMPLE , OF , JUNO , DAVID , BEST , Burning Man Megaset

Supersonic Burn

Supersonic Burn

The shock waves melted the vinyl letters and plastic stickers right off the carbon fiber airframe (more easily seen in large size).

Maybe it was fate, as the letters were made by a company called StickerShock, with the motto “Never Fly Naked.”

I just got the flight computer files and GPS feed, and they are a fascinating study – more to come. Sure enough, I broke Mach 2, a new speed record for me. Mach 2.17 to be exact.

And this bird worked flawlessly on the first flight. (In contrast, breaking Mach 1 took four attempts with my minimum diameter Firestorm54.)

HD video of flight and recovery.

Posted by jurvetson on 2010-09-28 04:19:37

Tagged: , Rocket , All , Carbon , Fiber , Sticker , Burn , Performance , rocketry , Supersonic , Mach , 2 , Mongoose , 98 , minimum , diameter , CTI , N2350 , Motor , BALLS , 19 , Black , Rock , Desert , Nevada , Cesaroni , N2850 , 6G , Blue , Streak

Day Does Spring Break

Day Does Spring Break

Hwy. 50, Nevada ~ The Loneliest Highway in the US

I’ve just returned from an incredible trip through the southwest with my good friend and gal pal, Mel. Six days together with an additional three for me for traveling and photography. It was a jam packed adventure filled with good times and great people, as well as just about every weather condition encountered, except for a tornado, thank goodness! I have a few gigabytes to go through, but it’s all downloaded and backed up, the truck is unloaded, the laundry is half done, and I’ve even had time for dinner. I thought I’d post this now, one-because I really needed a new icon, and two-to let you know I’m back and will get to your streams soon. I hope everyone had a great week and a chance to find the good light. Thanks for stopping by!

Here’s a brief account of my trip which will be followed in more detail with each post…

Day 1: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada with David "DBreezy" Thompson and Aaron Matney. Explored the Fire Wave with some killer evening light, then discovered a critter decided to join me in the back of my truck while I slept! No-not dangerous, but not funny until the next morning, either!

Day 2: Sunrise at VoF was a bust, but I had a nice time exploring the Fire Wave Slot Canyon (my name for it) and what a very sweet place. I believe I have quite a few good comps from it. Then off to Page, AZ to meet Mel. We had a good evening out for dinner then went to Horseshoe Bend which also turned out quite nicely.

Day 3: We hit Antelope Canyon in the morning and ran into (almost literally) Stephen and Terry Oachs who were enjoying some personal vacation time. Got some really nice light here. Next we were off to Monument Valley where I finally got a shot I’ve wanted for almost 30 years! I did end up paying for it (not a biggie), but got much more in return including a new friend. The light was perfect for my shot and later that night we had thunder showers and one big crack of lightning that had both Mel and I jumping.

Day 4: Sunrise in Monument Valley and it did not disappoint. In fact I got something of a UFO in one of my shots, though I’m sure it was just sun flare. 😉 We left in the afternoon and just outside the valley, we stopped on the highway for the typical “Forrest Gump” shot of the Monuments from the middle of the highway (while dodging traffic). Stopped at the Mexican Hat Rock to shoot some cool cloud formations, and then a quick stopover at Goosenecks State Park. Next we hiked to Fallen Roof ruins in Cedar Mesa’s Road Canyon. Totally cool place with four more ruins in the area. Lots of hiking up and down slickrock and through a canyon. Next was Natural Bridges National Park to spend the night. It was full so we explored one of the bridges, neither of us being very impressed. We decided to get a hotel in nearby Blanding, UT and were met by a beautiful sunset on the highway, and more rain through the night.

Day 5: Beds and showers felt great, but we left the hotel early in order to get to our next location, House on Fire in Mule Canyon at Cedar Mesa. A fairly easy hike and no problem to find, this turned out to be a great morning. Next, we went to spend the night at Capital Reef National Park. We had time for a little exploring and good thing, because sunset was uneventful, but this place really needs to be hit up in a big way. It was absolutely gorgeous and the campground was lovely and we only saw a small piece of it. A little more rain during the night, but we both faired well.

Day 6: We left Capital Reef in the morning our next stop being Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante. Gorgeous drive along Hwy. 12 with tons of Aspen trees and snow! We arrived at the Calf Creek BLM campground and trailhead in late morning for a 3 mile hike. That place was a zoo, but it was a fairly easy hike, despite our aches and exhaustion. We actually shared part of the hike with Elliot Porter’s great grandson who, his companion attests, has many great talents though none of them being photography. Next stop was Bryce Canyon National Park, in time for the sunset. We found a great campsite at the Sunset campground and proceeded to get snowed on during our sunset shoot with the only really good light happening in one small area around the sun. May have a couple nice silhouettes from that. Temps got down in the 20s that night and a pot of hot coffee was indeed relished in the morning.

Day 7: Sunrise at Bryce was very nice with more beamage than color and still bitter cold. Later, we headed off for a hike down into Bryce Canyon which was very nice, but had these two old gals regretting almost every step back up. We had planned on stopping at either Coral Pink Sand Dunes or the Rim Rock hoodoos, but just getting back to Page, hot showers and a comfy bed were foremost on our minds. After showers and dinner out, I decided to try Horseshoe Bend one more time. Checked on Mel’s computer for a different route home then got to bed.

Day 8: Mel and I parted ways, she leaving around 5AM for her trip back to eastern New Mexico, and I got out of town around 8:30. I took a drive for about 15 miles on the Cottonwood Canyon Road, then the old Paria road. Showers were looming so I couldn’t spend too much time on these roads without risking getting stuck. In fact, as soon as I got back on Hwy. 89 it started pouring! I made a few more stops along the way for photos going up along Hwy. 14 to Cedar City, UT. I managed to get a bit of a sunset somewhere north of a town called Pioche, NV. I spent the night napping in two spots along Hwy. 50 just east of Ely and driving through a range in white out conditions.

Day 9: Started just west of the town of Eureka where the above photo was taken. In and out of more rain, wind, snow showers, and dust devils through the basin and range of Nevada. It was lovely and green in most places with some early wildflowers here and there. Returned home safely after driving through more snow on Donner Pass. I’ve never driven Hwy. 50 before and am glad I did, but wouldn’t try it in the summer. Go in the spring…you’ll love it! Only thing is…there are absolutely no Starbucks or any decent coffee between Cedar City, UT and Fernley, NV! But I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!~ Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. Photos with more in depth stories to come!

Posted by jeandayphotography.com on 2011-04-25 02:21:03

Tagged: , clouds , color , desert , highway , Hwy. 50 , JDay , Jean Day , landscape , Lonliest Highway in the Us , mountains , Nevada , NV , people , road , self portrait , snow , Spring , Spring Break , street , April , 2011

On to Burn Now

On to Burn Now

They’re crunching the numbers. Some said that 30,000 people swarmed the desert that is Black Rock City, but I heard from some of the ‘officials’ that nearly 100,000 showed up.

Rights of Passage marked the first year that Burning Man tickets completely sold out, and the wait in line to enter the Playa was over 4 hours long.

The bus in front with "ON TO BURN NOW" is the one that I arrived in, but this photo was taken from their sister bus, "Swamp Thing". We were drinking and getting high before we even reached the gate, and I cannot describe in words how happy I felt to be there, even though we’d arrived at 4:00 in the morning and I’d had virtually no sleep through the night.

The wait didn’t bother me; it was like one big party – just another part of the event, which we were all glad to be a part of.

At the final barricade before entering Black Rock City, we were stopped by two old men, buck naked aside from the hats on their heads and bandannas around their necks. They pulled all us so-called "virgins" off the bus, hugged us in their nude glory, and then had us strip down to our undergarments and roll around in the Playa dust – this was initiation.

Thereafter, we were handed a huge metal mallet and instructed to strike a massive metal gong, at which time we shouter aloud, "I’M NO LONGER A VIRGIN!"

The naked man closest to me grabbed my bare shoulder and told me, "Welcome to Black Rock City. You can do anything you want here." And I felt free.

Burning Man is magic. It is a social experiment gone horribly, horribly right. It is ANARCHY, and perfection, and a restoration of one’s faith in humanity. There is no money, no computers, no cell phones, and yet, everyone is in a state of week-long bliss. It changed my life.

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Posted by Little Lioness on 2011-09-08 05:19:46

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Letter C, in Neon (Crazy California)

Letter C, in Neon (Crazy California)

I’ve got a series of images just for the "One Letter" group on flickr, and for those who use the flickr application called "Spell with flickr". This is from a casino sign in Laughlin, Nevada. BUT, I introduce it here to those who may be interested in my trip to Los Angles, California right now.

So, is the C for Crazy California or for Crazy cobalt?

On this long 7 hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona over west to La, I keep seeing things that seem improbable. Maybe my California flickr friends will be able to shed some light on these observations:

1. In Blythe, CA, I got gas at an ARCO Am/PM gas station for only ("only" !!!!) $2.77per gallon. This, of course, is horrifying, but around this place there were at least 6 other gas stations that advertised the gas price as $3.33! I knew the gas would be higher in California over Arizona, so I sought to buy it far enough outside of LA at the least price. And I heard on the radio that the $3.00 per gallon mark would be reached soon. But really, how can there be a 56 cent per gallon price difference within blocks of competitors? Something seems really skewed….

2. Where is that sign you read on trucks, saying "How’s my driving", and giving a toll free number to call? Let me tell you, I needed it around Desert Palms, CA on I-10 for the driver of a double-trailer semi truck who tailgated like a crazy man and was a great danger on the road!

3. Signs were frequent on the Interstate, with speed as 70 mph, but there were other signs that said "trucks/trailers 55 mph". So how is it that every truck on the road was going 70 to 75 mph? Let me tell you,it is not fun being behind or alongside a double-trailer semi in strong wind where you are fighting for control and so is that driver.

4. I’ve rarely driven with such wind conditions as the stretch between Indio and Palm Springs. No signs about "dangerous cross currents", or "blowing dust" there, but it was like shafts of wind shear for about 30 miles, and so much dust that the wind threw down blankets of dust violently. Is this a rare event?

5. In Coachilla, CA I went to a Carl’s restaurant about midnight, and was told I could not order for their computers are always down then for 10 minutes. I offered to pay cash and exact price, but the answer was "no" because no order could be taken without a computer. I was thinking, what happened to pencil and paper, or use of a calculator! Really, the food and employees were present, but the concept of taking an order "rote" was beyond the staff.

6. With an unfortunate name, the Morongo Casino, with its huge neon displays, always strikes me as "Moron Go to Casino"….

7. Remember that rotten truck driver I mentioned earlier? I was glad to see him pulled over for a truck scales inspection around the "29 Palms" exit. Then, 50 miles later he caught up with me and yes, he was speeding up and slowing down, with tailgating me and others once again. Watch out for trucks from GI Trucking Company!

8. I passed the exit for "Running Springs, CA". Realistically, could a "spring" not always be considered as "running"?

Ah, these are just the random observations of a traveler in the US. I am sure that the US of A has far more idiosyncracies that other countries, right?

Posted by cobalt123 on 2007-03-21 10:39:12

Tagged: , letter , C , neon , one letter , casino , Laughlin , Nevada , contrast , alphabet , letter C , glow , crazy , California , travel , observations , rant , Spell with flickr