From my first day shooting on my road trip up the US 395 through Owens Vally and north to Mono Lake.
Wikipedia: "The Alabama Hills are a range of hills and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California, United States. Though geographically separate from the Sierra Nevada, they are part of the same geological formation."
The Alabama Hills were the setting for many of Hollywood's western movies back in the day, because of the unusual topography. I got to spend a late afternoon there and was lucky enough to get the aid of some great clouds, and a remarkable 'afterglow' immediately after sunset. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the several notable, natural arches, but I will definitely return to this special place along the eastern Sierra Nevada.
The road to Mt Whitney as seen from Alabama Hills. Some of the rock formations are volcanic in origin, others from erosion.
More unusual rock formations against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Can easily picture Gene Autry or the Lone Ranger riding through this rugged western landscape.
The afterglow of sunset and cool clouds produce amazing colors.The Sierra Nevada behind provide a stark contrast to the Hills.
Stay tuned for the next installment of my road trip, with photos from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and Mono Lake.