Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The late, great landscape photographer, Galen Rowell lived in the Owens Valley north of the Alabama Hills. He often wrote about the special quality of light that characterized the Sierra Nevada Range. I used to dismiss this notion, attributing it to Galen’s love for the region, but the more time I spend here, the more I’ve come to believe it is true.
The Alabama Hills are famous among old movie buffs as the setting for numerous old westerns but I was here to photograph Mobius Arch, an arch that Galen brought to the attention of the photographic world years earlier. For much of the time since, there has been an effort to conceal its exact location in order to protect it. Now this is no longer the case; one can go to the local Forest Service office and pick up a map to Mobius and many of the other granite arches in the area.
Arriving at the arch before dawn, I was relieved to find that no one else was here. Being first on the scene in the morning is particularly important in the case of Mobius because there is only space for about three photographers to set up—and only one spot where Mt. Whitney is framed through the arch’s opening. I ended up having the arch to myself for my entire time here. Many are not that fortunate. Perhaps the secret is choosing a week day that is also New Year’s Eve.
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