What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well…

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well…

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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I happened upon Owens river by accident. We were returning from Bishop, CA, after a road trip, and I suddenly noticed a vast Lake to the left side of the road in my GPS. I was a bit shocked to see such a vast lake and was wondering how I missed it so far. I told my wife to make a mark of it, and as we approached a high cliff, we looked over and couldn’t find anything resembling a lake or any other body of water. All we could see was the flat high desert typical of the area. Now I was confused and was determined to uncover the mystery.

Once I reached home, I got in front of the computer and once again looked it over. On the map, there seems to be a vast lake way bigger than Mono Lake with its namesake river as well, Owens Lake and River. I was even more confused as we were in winter, which is rainy season in California, and it didn’t make sense that the lake was dry at this time of the year. Then I switched over to satellite view, and the Lake disappeared right in front of my eyes. It was ll desert no lake. Intrigued, I decided to read on and learned about how the LA county re-routed the water that was going to Mono and Owens lake to quench the ever-increasing water need of the burgeoning Los Angeles Metropolitan area. It was quite shocking to see the old pics of the lake and learn about the shady water practices that led to the demise of the Lake. Nature did have the last laugh, though. The dust picked up from the dry lake bed is quite a significant contributing factor in the ever-present smog that you experience in Los Angeles. So there you have the history of Owen’s Lake. On our next visit, we made it a point to check out Owen’s River and use it as foreground interest in the morning Sierra shots. The river didn’t disappoint. The setting moon was an unexpected bonus.

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In the Range of Light Pollution

In the Range of Light Pollution

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Marc and I had been shooting in separate areas of the lake when we met up in this spot and thought it might do for a nice shot of the Milky Way. This is two shots, one for the starry sky and one for the foreground which Marc lit up with a bright flashlight. with the Sierra range in silhouette for both shots, it was quite easy to blend.

Seeing these on my computer, I really noticed the glow near the bottom. As dark as it was out at Mono, only a day after the new moon, I could still see outlines of the mountains. I deliberately punched up the color here to demonstrate just how much light spills over the Sierra from the San Joaquin Valley. Dust particles in the air accentuate the glow, tapering off as it rises in the atmosphere.

I wonder if there isn’t a truly dark place on the planet where we can see the night sky as it should be…dark!

I’m off again for workshops and adventuring and will return in 10 days or so…or not! 😉 Thanks as always for stopping by for a look!

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A quick trip to Mars

A quick trip to Mars

After a long time i decided to dust off my spaceship. first step was to enter the destination in the computer. after a quick thinking i entered Mars, which proved to be lots of fun. Mars is about 34 million miles from earth but since my spaceship can cruise around speed of light so its not a big deal. we landed at Mars before sunrise. what a great timing right. sun was looking so little as compared to earth sunrise but who cares. we did get some crazy colors and blah blah (dream ends here..lol )
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