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Snow and Fog

December 25, 2013

Split Mountain over Fog

We may have entered calendar winter only a few days ago, but the season made its first appearance back in October. A storm whitened the Inyos and the high Sierra to our west overnight, and as it lifted in the clear morning it left a lake of fog over the low end of Deep Springs Valley. The fog lingered surprisingly long, creating a gorgeous play of white and gold light as the sun penetrated the valley and brightened the big peaks of the Palisades 9,000 feet above.

Deep Springs Cloud Layer

A wide view:

Valley Clouds

The smoothness of the snow and fog were especially beautiful in contrast to the rough geology of the valley’s southwest end, with Mount Pinchot high above.

Fog Lake

We won’t be seeing any fresh snow for a while, but the winter mood lingers on with cold nights, logs burning in the fireplace, and our little single-leaf pinyon pine hung with lights and ornaments. Merry Christmas!

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  1. December 26, 2013 7:06 am

    Stunning photos, Jackson. Wonderful landscapes.

    • December 27, 2013 11:00 am

      Thanks Andrew! It was definitely a morning to make your heart leap up!

  2. December 29, 2013 6:24 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too Jackson. These are superb winter images, showing the juxtaposition between the desert and the mountains and their proximity in your location really gives an awesome interplay.

    I really like the tighter views…very cool!

    • December 29, 2013 8:15 pm

      Thanks Greg! Maybe my style is changing a bit, but I’ve definitely found that Deep Springs is telephoto lens country. Now if only we’d see some more snow – the Sierras don’t look half that white now, two months later.

  3. January 6, 2014 1:05 pm

    Beautiful images, all 4 of them.

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