Eastern Sierra

The drive from Yosemite Valley across Tioga Pass is a two-hour journey to another world. Meadows and waterfalls turn to sand, sagebrush, and the alkaline waters of Mono Lake. Plateaus of dense conifer forests give way to canyons filled with quaking aspens. The confined beauty of Yosemite Valley opens out into long, empty horizons.

During the twenty-five years I’ve lived in the Yosemite area, the “eastside” has been my second home. During the brief five months that Tioga Pass is open each year I photograph these striking and diverse landscapes every chance I get. And each October I make at least one pilgrimage to those canyons full of yellow aspens.

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