Winter Sunrise over the Owens River

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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.

Matt Granz Photography, chris'pic's51, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. lennarteedvinson photo, 37 months ago | reply

    Outstanding image, light and comp.

  2. Mister Fab 37 months ago | reply

    fantastic tones,
    beautiful shot

  3. pendeho 37 months ago | reply

    This is gorgeous Robin. Great view.

  4. Karen Andrea Photography 37 months ago | reply

    Very pretty, love the gentle flow of the river.

  5. Steph Sawyer Photography (on and off) 37 months ago | reply

    So many good things are happening here in this shot! Beautiful!

  6. little m:) 37 months ago | reply

    seriously?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EFF ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Ryan Dyar 37 months ago | reply

    Looks great, RB!

  8. kh-photos ~ Kurt ~ 37 months ago | reply

    Lovely light Robin! And it really does look like it was freezing. :)

  9. Crooked Hill [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    Excellent comp and wonderful lighting!
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  10. beautythief 37 months ago | reply

    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.

  11. Paris Images 37 months ago | reply

    Awesome scene! What a beautiful area.

  12. Robin Black Photography 37 months ago | reply

    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. :)

  13. jeffloomis1 37 months ago | reply

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

  14. ScottHampton 36 months ago | reply

    Fantastic photo... nice colors! Love the Inyo Mountains in the background!

  15. crozgat29 36 months ago | reply

    superbes teintes !!!!!!!!!

  16. Barrett Donovan 36 months ago | reply

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

  17. Notis96 34 months ago | reply

    great light, beautiful colors, well done!

  18. Bob Bowman Photography 29 months ago | reply

    Wonderful tones and composition!

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