Looking Down to Summit Lake

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summit lake, Hoover Wilderness.  Photo by bruce czopek

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Looking west to 10,200 ft Summit Lake in the Hoover Wildernes. The photo is from a recent hike up Virginia Lakes Trail.  The 11,120 ft. pass between Virginia Lakes and Summit Lake is only 2.5 miles from the Virginia Lake Trailhead. A very popular day hike.  I hiked off the pass just a bit to get a good angle on the lake. Definitely click to enlarge.

Sunrise Over Mono Lake

I just enjoyed several days of hiking in the Sierra Nevada at Virginia Lakes and Twenty Lakes Basin. Most wonderful it was and I’ll post some photos of both hikes soon.  The photographic highlight of the trip though,  was  sunrise on the second day out.  After the first day of hiking at Virginia Lakes,  I drove up a forest service road not far from the area  and found a great camping spot overlooking Mono Lake to the east, Dunderberg Peak to the west and Dunderberg Meadows to the north.   Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time.  P.S.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

 

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mono-lake-sunrise. photo by bruce czopek

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mono-lake-sunrise-3. photo by bruce czopek

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mono-lake-sunrise-4. photo by Bruce Czopek

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***double-sunrise-over-mono-lake.  photo by Bruce Czopek

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sunrise-on-mono-lake.  photo by bruce czopek

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Le Hawk

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hawk 2. photo by bruce czopek

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At first I thought this hawk was perched on top of the telephone pole in the late afternoon surveying the field and ponds below for a meal. But when I downloaded the photo I noticed what looks like some feathers on his beak. I now suspect he was digesting his last meal and maybe thinking about some dessert from the variety of birds that were coming and going below him in our little corner of Washoe Valley. Hey, a guy’s gotta eat.   Click on the photo to enlarge.