Red Rock Canyon State Park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range on SR 14. The Natural Museum of Los Angeles provides the following description of the area. "The rocks in the Red Rock Canyon area reveals some of the 500 million-year history of this part of North America. Of greatest interest to the Natural History Museum paleontologists is a nearly mile-thick succession of fossiliferous rocks that geologists call the Dove Spring Formation. These deposits are composed of stream sediments, lake clays, lava flows, and volcanic ashes that were laid down layer by layer in an ancient valley that long ago disappeared. Pressure from successive overlying layers turned the sediments into stone. Pollen, leaves and wood from ancient plants, and the bones of ancient animals were trapped in these sediments and became the fossils we study today. Earthquake movement along a nearby earthquake fault subsequently elevated and tilted the entire area that was once a valley. As uplift slowly progressed, erosion continuously stripped away the hardened deposits. More resistant beds produced the cliffs and badlands that are today found in Red Rock Canyon." It was quite the fun photo-adventure. We hope you enjoy it with us.
As is our usual practice, our first stop when entering Pinedale was to stop at the Information Center. There, a very nice young lady gave us some recommendations for photographing in the area. "If you take this road to the end there is a lovely lake. If you take this road to the top you can look down at a big lake and see the whole valley. If you take this road you will come to another lovely lake . . . " So we spent two days and just drove to the ends of roads!!
We had lunch in town in Pinedale and still had enough time to check out some other roads. The first was to Willow Lake. Not only was the road just awful (spare you the details), but the lake was boring. I think Tom took a perfunctory shot just in case we had to prove we went to the end of that road. I did not bother to get my camera out except to look for flowers (one). Then we drove back and headed to Fremont Lake. This is the road you can take to look down over the valley. Once we had that shot we drove a bit further to get a better photo of Wind River Range.
By the time we made it back to Pinedale and made a quick stop at the grocery store we were tired and just headed on home. The next morning we headed out south to Big Piney and took the Middle Piney Road all the way to the end to Middle Piney Lake. Another lovely lake with lots to photograph along the way.
It is not often that I devote a blog entry to an individual photographer other than Tom or myself. Yet, when a body of work is as excellent as this one it must be shared in its entirety. These images are from a day trip that Kati made to the Mogollon Rim. I hope you enjoy them as I have.
Sadly, that is all folks. A very special thanks to Kati for sharing.