THE RANGE OF LIGHT / CENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA
The Ritter Range. Late September dusting of snow, 1972.
John Muir thought of the Sierra Nevada's as the Range Of Light. For decades there was talk of creating a Range Of Light National Park, to protect the
region between
Yosemite and Kings Canyon/Sequioa National Parks. Today it is still know as the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas.
With it's close proximity to city of
Mammoth Lakes the Ritter Range has been nearly trampled to death due to the lack of management by the National
Forest Service.
The single biggest difference between Wilderness and National Park status and the resulting environmental impacts is that of total
numbers of horses and humans allowed to enter each day. This is know as the
"quota system". The NPS has lower limits and strictly controls where
horses/pack animals can camp/graze. In a last ditch attempt to control the damage the
NFS did finally start controlling where you can camp a few years back.
Of all people
Galen Rowell once wrote a totally unfair article attacking the NPS, published by the Sierra Club, about of his inability to camp with horses in
certain parts of
Kings Canyon N.P. I can't imagine what McClure Meadow and Evolution Basin would look like if Mr. Rowell had his way. I hope my
images help to show that this area contains as much scenic beauty as any
National Park and deserves/requires National Park status.
Thanks to Scott Munro, for snapping this pic of me in Humphrey's Basin, May 1976. I became interested in photography as a sophomore at Mt. Eden
High in Hayward, CA. in 1967.
That year I was the assistant to Dennis Plunkett, the school's newspaper photographer. Besides the usual school photos
Dennis and I covered live concerts at the original
Bill Grahams' original Fillmore at the corner of Van Ness and Fillmore in S.F. Somehow he got us an
interview with the
original Fleetwood Mac. Incredible! My Rock N' Roll photography began at this time. The following year I became the newspaper
photographer and with this came access to the darkroom. Many thanks go to
Mr. Kissick, the school's journalism teacher who put up with me for 3 years. My
interest in wilderness exploration started in the
Sierra Nevada in 1967, on a spring hike to the top of Yosemite Falls. Later, I started reading Walter Starr
Jr.'s Guide to the High Sierra,
which became the most inspirational of books to me. I still have and cherish the 1967, red cloth editon. But it was John
Muir,
who really got me thinking about truly wild places in his book, Travels In Alaska. In 1976, along with my very trusting wife Debb Gordon, I made the
first of many trips to
Glacier Bay, Alaska. It was the only trip I made there with backpacks. Sea kayaking became the main mode of travel after that. I've
begun working on a web page covering my journey's to this magnificent world. A small sample is available now by returning to my home page and clicking on
the
Alaska links in the nav.bar. So many thanks go to my hiking companions over the decades; Debb Gordon, Dale Needles, Wes Shaffer, Ray and Ian
McKinnon, Scott Munro
and of course, my brother Mike Groves. I depended greatly on their friendship and wisdom to keep me going and out of trouble.
Except the time
Mike had us sharing a bottle of Southern Comfort with Janis Joplin at Winterland. In all my thousands of miles of hiking/seakayaking,
ww rafting not once has anyone suffered a significant injury or required an expensive or headline grabbing rescue. Hopefully, the good preparations
necessary to avoid accident situations, combined with good fortune, will continue for years to come.
SPRING SUNRISE ON THOUSAND ISAND LAKE 1977
SHADOW LAKE SUNRISE 1975
FALL SUNRISE ON
RITTER RANGE 1993
AUTUMN MORNING AT CLARK LAKES 1993
SPRING EVENING
THOUSAND ISLAND
LAKE 1977
BANNER, RITTER
FROM NEAR
ISLAND PASS
VOLCANIC RIDGE AND MINARETS 1977
GARNET LAKE SUNRISE 1983
SUNSET AT
BARNEY LK.
MTS. RODGERS AND LYELL
Upper McGee
Creek Falls
Red Slate Mtn. From McGee Creek
Red and White Mtn. from McGee Creek
Upper McGee Creek Lake
South From Mono Pass
Pine Creek Lake Sunrise
Lake Italy Outlet
Upper Convict Creek
from Red Slate Mtn.
Mts. Abbott and Mills Above Ruby Lk.
Mt Hilgard Valley
Upper Hilgard Creek
Upper Hilgard Valley
Glacier Divide From Humphrey's Basin, 1976
Golden Trout Lake, Spring 1976
Ritter, Banner from near Lk. Ediza
Mt. Gabb from above Mono Pass
Storm Clouds Over Mono Creek
View South From Mt. Dade, 1972
View South From Mono Pass, Medium Format Neg.
Peaks Above Ruby Lake, Medium Format Neg.
Hilgard Creek Below Lake Italy
Snowstorm Hilgard Valley, May '77
Duck Lake, Silver Divide
Royce Peak Above French Canyon
McGee Creek From Pioneer Basin Pass
Mono Divide From Pioneer Basin
Jagged Divide Above Duck Lake
Pilot Knob, French Canyon
Merriam Lake, Glacier Divide
Seven Gables, Bear Lakes
Seven Gables Ridge
LeConte Divide, Piute Canyon
Mts. Darwin and Goddard From Mt. Senger
Crags Above Bear Creek Cascade
Pine Lake Reflection
Sally Keyes Lakes, Mt Goddard
and LeConte Peak
Alger Lake
Blacktop Mtn. Above Alger Creek Cascade
Glacier Divide From Merriam Lake
Shadow Lake, Ritter Range In Winter, 1977
The Minarets In Winter, 1977
Ellery Lake
Glacier Divide Moraine, 1977
Muriel Peak, Mt. Goethe
From Humphrey's Basin, 1977
Silver Divide From Virginia Lake
Cascade Valley and Silver Divide
CONVICT CREEK
Granite Park Lake
Granite Park and Mt.
Humphrey from Italy Pass
Granite Park, Mt. Humphrey
View East From Mt. Senger
Full Moonlight On Pine Creek Lake
Marie Lake, Banner and Ritter from Mt. Senger
Purple Lake Outlet
McGee Creek Morning
Ritter Range From Isberg Pass
Forth Recess From Pioneer Basin
Bear Creek Lake Basin, 2000
Summit Blocks On Mt. Julius Caesar
Clearing Skies At Thousand Island Lake
Mt. HUMPHREY FROM
HUMPHREY'S BASIN
Peaks and Falls Of McGee Creek
medium format neg, 2011
Wildflowers Of Lower McGee Creek
medium format neg, 2011
Lower McGee Creek Canyon
medium format neg, June 2011
Rainbow Falls above and The Falls
with Rainbow at right. Medium
Format negs. June 2011
Little Lakes Valley,
medium format neg.
June 2011.
Morgan Pass. Medium
format neg. June 2011
Minaret Falls June 2011
Medium format negative
Mt. Baldwin, Convict Creek
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