Peak 12960, Lake Wanda in foreground

Looking East into morning mists from above Wolf Creek Lake

Lost Keys Lake
Peak 1290 behind Wanda Lake Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney: Crown Jewel of the Pacific Crest Trail Need a Map? Lost Al near Lost Keys Lake
Morning Mists off Eastern Flank of Carson Range, West Walker Drainage
Dicks Lake   Lake Aloha
Dicks, and Fontanillis Lakes from Dicks Pass

Featured Images: #1 Spider North of Banner Peak, 11,154 feet. #2 Spider on Big Sam, 10,000 feet. #3 Emigrant Wilderness Sunset, #3 Coyote on thin ice at Round Top Lake, #4 Bear in Poison Flat.

Aloha Lake under Pyramid Peak from Dicks Pass


Spider at 11,154 feet near Lake Catherine, just North of Banner Peak. It appears this lady is missing one of her rear right Legs. You can see the socket it fit into on her body. Carrying large eggsack.

Spider North of Banner Peak, 11,154 feet

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Spider North of Banner Peak, 11,154 feet


below: Jumping Spider, family Salticidae, wearing granite camouflage at the Top of Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness. Thanks to Dr John Hafernik, San Francisco State University, for the identification.


Spider at the top of Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness

below: High Emigrant Wilderness sunset, Lake Tahoe to Yosemite trail

Sunset from Grizly Peak Lake, Emigrant Wilderness

below: Coyote at Round Top Lake 2009, Lake Tahoe to Yosemite trail.

Coyote at Round Top Lake

Wild Bear in Poison Flat, June 2, 2010
Heading West across Poison Flat in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness on June 2, 2010, I noted a proliferation of fresh bear tracks in the wet snow and soggy ground. I slowed my pace and increased my observation, and saw this bear rooting around before it saw me.
Bear saw me and started to freak out, until I made soft clicking sounds. This perplexed bear, who was now studying my frozen form carefully. Noth those fuzzy ears pointing at me. After a minute long staring contest, I moved my hand to switch the camera to video. this shot was taken with the camera in hand, but at chest level. I did not have time to bring the camera to my eye before it spotted me.
I was using the tree in the foreground as cover, and when I emerged to get a clear shot, bear spotted me.
That small movement was enough to break the spell. If I made gentle noises, the bear was intrigued. But bear was not happy with any movement whatsoever. Bear wheeled on it hind legs in a quick move, and hit the ground galloping away as quickly as it could.
That's very quickly. Wild bears do not like to be around people. The wild bears know we shoot them.

Below: Guitar Lake at the Western base of Mount Whitney

Guitar Lake, John Muir Trail, with the great Western Divide in the Background

Guitar Lake, John Muir Trail, recently.
Contact: Alex Wierbinski

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