We are choosing the best Ralph Nordstrom Photography photograph of 2012, or, more precisely, you are. We’re running a series of surveys, selecting the best photograph from each of five areas where we did workshops – Death Valley and Joshua Tree (collectively the California Deserts), Eastern Sierra, Big Sur, Zion and Bryce Canyon.
The first survey covered the California Deserts. And the results are in. But before presenting them I’d like to give you an opportunity to weigh in on the second survey – the incomparable Eastern Sierra. We were there in early June which is summer in the Owens Valley but still spring up in the mountains. There are six photographs to choose from and the survey will only take a couple of minutes. So click the link below and share your opinion.
Select the Best Eastern Sierra Photograph of 2012
OK, now let’s turn to the results of the California Deserts survey. There were four photographs, two from Death Valley and two from Joshua Tree.
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I don’t know where you’ll find a more spectacular range of mountains than the eastern edge of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is where the gargantuan slab of granite from which the mountain range is formed plunges precipitously from the peaks along the crest into the Owens Valley below. Driving up the Valley on legendary highway US 395 is likely to give you a crick in your neck. Because you can’t take your eyes off the endless procession of towering summits.
I’ve camped and backpacked in these mountains since I was a young boy and I always love returning to them. And now that I come back with camera in hand I have an opportunity to capture and share with you the inspiration I receive here.
Mt Whitney is the tallest peak in the lower 48 and from your vantage point in the valley below it towers more than two vertical miles above your head. It’s nothing short of breathtaking in the morning sun.
But there’s more to the Eastern Sierra than the grandeur of these mighty peaks. Come with me on a journey as I show you the superlative and the sublime.
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