Castle Valley, Donner Summit [Canon 5D]
April 1, 2010
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About a week and a half ago I spent the day snowshoeing up Castle Valley at Donner Summit on a pinhole photo expedition for my Artifacts of Uncertain Origin project. The goal was to get to a good location where the rocky ramparts of Castle Peak would be in the background. The photo above was taken as I trudged up towards Castle Pass. As it turned out, I never even saw Castle Peak, or made it to the pass, as is was snowing most of the six hours I was out. And although I did not get to make the photograph I had in mind, I was able to make other images in response to the amazing winter landscape I was exploring.
For the first day of April, there was still an impressive amount of snow. The view of the trail head map sign below gives some idea of the snow depth since those signs are normally viewed at eye level. The forecast today and tomorrow calls for another 2 feet of new snow at that elevation (7200 to 7600 feet) and I am looking forward to another visit to this area in a few days. All in all it was a grand day out.
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