East of Sierra & Yosemite

September 2015

Devils Postpile

Impressive basalt columns at the Devils Postpile National Monument.
A nice example of aphanitic basalt, fine-grained igneous rock formed from lava which crystallized near or above the Earth' surface.
Phaneritic rock texture, the result of a slow process of solidification of molten lava deep under the Earth's surface.

Lunch at Mammoth Lakes

Sotcher Lake, nice place to be a moorhen or a marmot.
Corpse

Mono Lake

Mono Lake and Owens River ensure water supply for the entire L.A. metropolis and Southern California through a system of two aqueducts.
Next stop: Yosemite National Park!

The morning after apocalypse

In the US, wildfires happen very often, turning to ashes thousands of acres of forest. This is such a devastated region at the frontier between Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest.

El Capitan, smokey yet glorious

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