The Sierra, Mono Lake and the White Mountains
The Sierra, Mono Lake & the White Mountains
During June and July I had the pleasure of teaching several classes in the Mono Basin and other parts of the Sierra. I also led a great tour in Yosemite National Park. While I was in this dynamic part of California I camped amongst the ancient Bristlecone pines in the White Mountains. I have included a few photographs of these starkly beautiful trees and landscapes. I climbed White Mountain Peak, the third highest mountain in the state, which afforded amazing views, alpine wildflowers, marmots and rosy finches. Mono Lake is one of my favorite places and those of you that have spent time with me there know why. The wildflowers in glacially carved Lundy Canyon were spectacular. Kayaking by the lake's iconic tufa towers thousands of migratory Wilson's Phalaropes fed near us or flew by. I surveyed bird populations at Devil's Postpile National Monument and the Inyo National forest nearby. This gem is a bit off the beaten path, but the stunning basaltic columns make this a truly worthwhile destination. Colorful lilies, huge Jeffrey pines, nesting woodpeckers and other wildlife complement varied mountain habitats here.