Sunday, May 17, 2015

Owens Valley

Another amazingly beautiful spring day in Owens Valley yesterday. And, another dry year in the eastern portion of California. The ranching community is being impacted significantly by reduced stream flows in the Valley. Pastures are not being watered and cattle are having to be moved out of the area as far away to other western states. May turned out to be a wet month and when I visited Bishop this week there were showers, rain, thunderstorms and snow on the high peaks everyday - almost as if winter had finally arrived. Spring time in Owens Valley is simply gorgeous. A huge landscape with giant mountains on both sides formed by some of the deepest, and most dangerous fault zones on planet earth. Faults so deep they reach all the way down to the mantle as they do in east Africa's Great Rift Valley. Owens River forms a lush oasis that remains hidden in the desert landscape until you approach its gorge. But the Owens River Gorge isn't deep and spectacular or similar to other well known gorges like the Grand Canyon or the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Rather, the gorge is a wide depression that remains mostly unknown from miles away except for the telltale signs of seeing the tops of cottonwood trees out in the middle of the desert. 

Copyright 2015 Scott Williams

Copyright 2015 Scott Williams

Copyright 2015 Scott Williams