North Algodones Wilderness, California

Thanks to Arun I went on my first official photography trip. Until now all my trips had a motive different from photography. Photographs were just used as a medium to document the trip/event.  Not so for North Algodones Wilderness. We started late morning — a three hour drive, an hour lunch, an hour walk — and we reached little before sunset. I decided to sleep in the open, which allowed me to use the time before sunset for photography. Got a couple of keepers. Woke up early morning before sunrise and got another set of keepers. Am happy 🙂

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Landscape Panorama

Imagine a wide valley. Mountains on all the sides. Now throw some snow on top of the mountains. How about some more. Make it all white. Now keep painting the complete valley white with snow. Yes, anywhere you see, you see snow….soak in this environment for a moment. When your breath has calmed down, imagine a tiny stream flowing through this valley. Tiny enough that you can not see it from a few meters. But what you see is water vapor rising from the stream. Yes, make that water hot. Hot enough that you can not have a bath in it. But, now build a small stone enclosure near this stream and direct some hot water in this enclosure. The outside temperature is so cold that any water which stays in this enclosure becomes warm. Warm enough to have a bath. Did you imagine something like this? 🙂

Khatri Bhai, Ankit and our “Oh Yeah” friend in the hot spring.

Some more Panorama shots from the trip

Tufa formations near Lee Vining.

Convict Lake

Out motel in Lee Vining

Sunset in Bishop