An Evening above the Poleta

Buckwheat with a View

I spent a spectacular evening back in early September up on the south slopes of Deep Springs Valley. The fractal, almost mineral, branches and white blooms of the wild buckwheat (Heermann’s buckwheat, Eriogonum heermannii, is my best guess) seemed perfectly made to complement the stony mosaic of the landscape. Unlike the far end of the valley, which is all intrusive granitic plutons (very attractive in their own right), the south end is composed of the Cambrian formations of the White Mountains. The area below my perch in particular, known as the Poleta Folds, is a favorite of geology fields trips from far and wide for its striking contorted bands of limestone.

Dappled Poleta

Cambrian Evening

Deep Springs Lake may not be much of a lake post-Pleistocene, but it can still reflect some evening light when times are good.

Deep Springs Lake Spotlight

Night falls on Deep Springs Valley:

Deep Springs Blue Gold

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2 thoughts on “An Evening above the Poleta

  1. What stunning landscapes! You have a gift of understanding light and shadows, and of finding ways to bring these into your photos that give the viewer a sense of being right there. They were all a joy to view. Thanks!

    • Very kind works, Rick, thank you! I’m lucky to live near such landscapes – the land and light out here always surprise me, and I’m having to learn more than ever to set aside preconceptions and work with the place on its own terms.

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