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On the Road will continue, but it will be forever Alain’s.
I have always associated The Palisades with casinos – just something you learn by osmosis, I guess. Thanks to Bill’s adventures, I can mentally cross off “casinos”, which never interested me, replacing it with beautiful mountain peaks, and a study in blue. ~WaterGirl
The Palisades are a semicircular group of mountain peaks characterized by a wall of granite on the eastern side stretching from Birch Mountain in the south to Cloudripper in the north. There are some mountains within this bowl formed by the Palisade walls, Kid Mountain (try a Google search to get info on that), Alice Mountain, and Buck Mountain. While these peaks are of a lower elevation than the Palisades they do sometimes block the view since they’re a few miles closer. The easiest way to see the section of a photo that contains the Palisades is to look for Birch Mountain, it has a disk shaped snow patch on the south (left) side of the summit. I was originally going to shoot these peaks from Big Pine, but decided some distance to the east and elevation would be helpful, I found they short dirt road off the highway east of Big Pine a few hundred feet above the Owens Valley floor.
Closeup view of the Palisades, with Palisade Crest on the left, Mt. Jepson in the middle and Mt. Sil on the right.
The snowy Palisades tower above the Owens Valley, you can see the Owens River at the bottom of the photo.
The Palisades are to the right of center with Big Pine showing up as a green patch of trees below them.
This IR shot is similar to the pervious visible color shot, but I tried an experiment, I gave the foreground a sepia tone. Notice the Moon in the upper left.
The Owens River runs along the bottom of the photo, with Big Pine just above it on the left. Due to the height of the mountains on each side of the Owens Valley, it’s the deepest valley in the US.
I used the color from the previous photo for this infrared photo of the Owens Valley and the Palisades. You may notice that many of the hills in the foreground are reddish, these hills are volcanic cones.
Panorama of the eastern Sierra and Owens Valley stretching from Timemahe Reservoir in the south to Bishop in the north. If you look carefully, you can see the satellite dishes of the Caltech Owens Valley Radio Observatory.
A Little Planet representation of the Owens Valley (it was actually produced from the panorama in the previous photo).