An Evening above the Poleta
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.
Deep Springs Lake may not be much of a lake post-Pleistocene, but it can still reflect some evening light when times are good.
Night falls on Deep Springs Valley: