A snow storm moves in over the Sierra and the Upper Owens River, near Hot Creek Ranch, Mammoth Lakes, CA.
As Mammoth Creek leaves the Sierra and flows east into the Long Valley Caldera it is joined by warmer water from geothermal springs at the Hot Creek State Fish Hatchery. From this confluence the stream is named Hot Creek, though its water temperature seldom exceeds 68 °F (20 °C) until it reaches Hot Creek Gorge 8 miles east of Mammoth Lakes. In the Hot Creek Gorge, numerous hot springs near and in the stream bed add hot water into the stream. Its mouth is at the confluence with the Owens River upstream from Crowley Lake.
I have lived in and photographed the Eastern Sierra in California for 12 years now. It is a photographers paradise with endless opportunities for photography. One of the first lessons I learned when I moved here was never to leave the house without my camera, just driving to and from work can present chances for spectacular images.
I spend a lot of time hiking in the Sierra Nevada back country, my favorite thing to do here. With Mono Lake, Yosemite and Death Valley all within a few hours drive, and the Sierra Nevada right outside my front door, I could hardly ask for more.
I started taking photos as a child with my first camera, an instamatic, bought for me by my dad, who is also the one who taught me about photography, being an...
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