Back in July of last year I decided I was going to see what all the fuss was about Hwy 120 / Tioga Pass, the northern route through Yosemite. This was not one of the better planned day trips. The general plan was to drive through Tioga Pass and stop to snap photographs along the way, eventually making my way to Mono Lake and the South Tufa Area. What didn’t play into my favor were the lack of clouds. From the moment I started shooting in the mid-morning to when I stopped shooting in the late afternoon, there were barely any clouds in the sky. Thus, it was harsh daylight for a majority of the shooting day. It was such bad planning that I ended at Mono Lake twice, once for about 2 hours around noon and then again late that afternoon. I actually did get sunburned a bit from the first 2 hour stint.
The photograph in this post is from an area on Hwy 120 between the South Tufa Area and Mono Mills. The flora in this stretch of the highway varies steadily from the junction of Hwy 395 where predominately scrub bush dominates, to this section where it is incredibly sandy and devoid of any plants except for these lonely pine trees. The next section not only increases in elevation but also increases in the amount of pine trees, though the first area is scorched from a large fire a few years back. This is the reason this next section is called Mono Mills. Timber was harvested and then transported by rail to nearby settlements such as Bodie, located in the hills towards the left of the photograph.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted avg metering mode, 86mm, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, f/16
Lone Pines, Sand, Distant Hills, B&W. Mono Lake, California. July 09, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.