I grew up watching movies and television shows about the Wild West. My brothers and I attended Saturday afternoon matinees at the base movie theatre in Berlin, Germany where my Dad was stationed. The landscape portrayed in these shows was ruggedly beautiful. Mountains soared to the heavens and snowdust capped their peaks.
Many of these Western movies and television shows were filmed in the Eastern Sierra mountains’ Alabama Hills area, a short drive from Lone Pine, Calfornia. As I drove toward the entrance to Alabama Hills, the palette of colors in the mountain terrain surprised me. I snapped pictures from the car.
Subtle shades of gold and the palest of oranges and pinks created a tapestry of soft hues.
The mountains changed with the miles and the light.
The unique geology of the area caught my attention.