California has a lot to see if you are a landscape photographer. The state has more than its fair share of beautiful national parks like Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite and Death Valley. There are also many lesser known places with beautiful and unusual landscapes. While some are popular with photographers, many offer a lot of room to explore and create some unique imagery.
The Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierras
The Sierra Nevada Mountains have been called one of the most beautiful features of the United States. While the western side is home to Lake Tahoe and several national parks. the eastern slope of the Sierras is very different. The Eastern Sierras are far more rugged with Cliffs steeply dropping to the valley below. This provides a dramatic background for the Alabama Hills which themselves are a rough, wind formed desert landscape. Unfortunately, due to weather and time constraints we only got to spend one morning there. We will be back for sure to explore this unusual and amazing place.
Below are the Eastern Sierras framed through Mobius Arch which is the most dramatic of several arches in the Alabama Hills.
The Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains lit by the first light of the dawn on New Years Day. The jagged peak in the center of the photograph is Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
The wind tortured landscape of the Alabama Hills just begs to be explored on foot.
Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park
The small town of Borrego Springs, California is surrounded by the Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park. At 950,000 acres it is one of the largest state parks in the country.
The more we travel to California, the more we fall in love with its amazing variety of landscapes.
Next Post. Back to Death Valley.
Your images are not just astounding … they are unique. You have traveled extensively, which begs the question … where would you like to live if you had your druthers?
What a good question Season. We are considering a move at some point, Right now the California desert has our attention but we are also known to have a short attention span.
Hey your first comp Mobius Arch is just a perfect mixture of framing and eye pulling enjoyment!!! Upon viewing and sharing with my close circle of minions we instantly felt a ‘Zen’ like quality to your entire post. The tranquil colors and warm tones set my mind free to enjoy this lesser know place (not for long) 🙂
Thanks Mike, Zen like is the perfect description for these places.
A wonderful set of images and as always your processing is perfection. The first light scenes from Alabama Hills are my favorites and now this place is on MY bucket list!
Denise, you need to go here. You will love it and I’ll love the photographs you create there.
Although not B/W, your first photograph reminded me of Edward Weston
Thank you Derrick. That is a great compliment and I really appreciate it.