Winter Sunrise over the Owens River

A fresh (but light) dusting of snow over the eastern sierra, high thin clouds to the west and heavier clouds to the east made for beautiful soft sunrise light over the Owens. As I stood there freezing my arse off thinking soft blue-gray light was going to be all I got on this morning, those high, thin clouds to the west picked up just enough light to glow pink for a couple of minutes. By the time the peaks began to light up, the color diminished and sunrise was over. The rabbitbrush in the foreground and branches of the bare tree are a bit soft thanks to a steady wind--an effect I don't really mind.

  • rodrigo layug 3y

  • lennarteedvinson photo, 3y

    Outstanding image, light and comp.
  • Mister Fab 3y

    fantastic tones,
    beautiful shot
  • Rene Rodriguez 3y

    This is gorgeous Robin. Great view.
  • Karen Andrea Photography 3y

    Very pretty, love the gentle flow of the river.
  • Stephanie Sawyer 3y

    So many good things are happening here in this shot! Beautiful!
  • maryanne 3y

    seriously?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EFF ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Luciano 3y

    so Poetic!!
  • Ryan Dyar 3y

    Looks great, RB!
  • kh-photos ~ Kurt ~ 3y

    Lovely light Robin! And it really does look like it was freezing. :)
  • Barry Hamilton 3y

    Excellent comp and wonderful lighting!
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  • beautythief 3y

    Beautiful as always, Robin. By any chance are you a flyfisherman? I am and in my years of fishing in CA have never made it to the Owens which is purported to be (at least in some stretches) a blue-ribbon trout stream - and as your photos prove, also gorgeous.
  • Paris Images 3y

    Awesome scene! What a beautiful area.
  • Robin Black 3y

    beautythief Thanks! I don't flyfish (though I do want to learn), but have fished the creeks that feed into the river with rod & reel, especially in Bishop Canyon. Not a lot in this world is better than fresh grilled trout. :)
  • Jeff Loomis 3y

    I don't mind the slightly soft branches either. What steals the show is all that gorgeous light and color. Excellent comp too.
  • Scott Hampton 3y

    Fantastic photo... nice colors! Love the Inyo Mountains in the background!
  • Jean Marie FAURE 3y

    superbes teintes !!!!!!!!!
  • Barrett Donovan 3y

    Love the water here and the way it flows to the mountains, that tree is a great touch too - nicely done Robin.
  • Notis96 3y

    great light, beautiful colors, well done!
  • Bob Bowman 3y

    Wonderful tones and composition!
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Taken on February 19, 2012
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