As I had mentioned in my last blog post about Death Valley, we had planned on a longer break from traveling during the summer months and enjoyed a quiet time in our home in Ireland this year, followed by a trip to New York City in September. That was a long break and I’m really excited to be able to share some images again.
The second part of our road trip through Utah, Nevada and California earlier this year started how the first one ended. Endless desert roads leading us through Amargosa Valley to the horizon, a lot of dust – and heat. After spending hours on the road talking with Rebecca, listening to music or just to the engine of our car, the landscape slowly started to change.
The closer we came to Sierra Nevada and the higher the altitude, the more we were surrounded by beautiful pine trees, mountains and crystal clear lakes. If we had known how beautiful this part of the United States is, we would have planned more time. Our initial idea was to visit Yosemite for at least 2-3 days on our way to San Francisco, but we found out that the mountain pass we intended to drive into the valley was still closed after the winter.
We decided to stay in Mammoth Lakes for a few days instead, a little town nestled into the mountains on the other side of Yosemite Valley at around 8,000 feet, and take a break from the road. We spent two full days there and were just in love with the scenery. The town was quiet and the colors of the surrounding landscape were incredible. The woodlands up in the mountains must be among the most beautiful in the world.
All color images below were either taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 or with the Leica MP and the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM on Kodak Portra 400. All B&W images were shot with the Leica M-A and the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: