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on Aug 10, 2009 in Landscape Photography

When skunked, climp to 10,000

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Jake had the itch to photograph some shorebirds so early Sunday morning we headed to our favorite coffee shop and with a brew in hand headed to Mono Lake. August is just not a great time to be finding wildlife on the Eastside. Most breeding birds are done and leaving, their kids too stupid to be photographed. Falls migrants from the north are just starting to show up and unless you want to spend hours just finding them, you ain’t going to get any glass on them. No matter, we checked out one, two, three locales. We got skunked.

We were heading home when I said, “How about checking out that plateau up on the ridge?” A few seconds later Jake had the truck whipped around and heading back up the highway. We started out at 7700′ altitude and when we finished climbing the peak, we were just short of 10,000′! It was a wonderful new area we found to explore and if the light hadn’t sucked, I would have images to show you here. As it was when we reached the top of the peak and catching our breaths we had this great view of Mono Lake. We are planning to go back when the smoke from the fires has cleared, should make a great pano.

Photo captured by D3x, 24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital fim