I had been hoping to catch a good sunrise or sunset image at Hot Creek during our visit to Bishop in 2018. However, a couple of trips for a sunset shoot did not work out to my satisfaction as there was minimal cloud action. The lack of clouds did make for decent Milky Way photography conditions. This is one of the Milky Way shots that was created by combining a blue hour foreground shot with the Milky Way shot taken later during the night. There was not too much steam venting going on this evening so I will definitely be back to this beautiful location in the Eastern Sierras.
I was fortunate to spend an evening in Alabama Hills and capture this sunset at Mobious Arch. As many of you know the rock formations here are totally amazing with the Eastern Sierra Mountains gracing the background. Throughout the last century, the Alabama Hills have appeared in hundreds of films with even a recent Quintin Tarantino project being shot here. There are several other arches in the area and I hope to back in the future to photograph them.
The Sky Rock Petroglyphs located near Bishop, CA are a special and scared place indeed. Sky Rock is kept secret from the general public due to its special patterns and its rarity. Those people in “the know” don’t share its location so that fewer people will visit and its condition could be kept as pristine as natural forces allow. After a fair bit of searching online, I was able to narrow down the possibilities. So, off I headed for a hike not sure how things would pan out. To my pleasant surprise I was able to locate the petroglyph without too much trouble (Phew!).
It was fascinating to see the enormous petroglyph firsthand and consider the artist who, probably many hundreds of years ago, composed the intricate petroglyph forms. I have to admit that standing alone above Sky Rock taking in the extraordinary distant views of the High Sierra and the overall magnitude of the high plateau was very inspirational. A beautiful sunset made the evening even more special!