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Ice Skating the Eastern Sierra

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Regrettably I did not think to bring my speed skate blades (long track). I’d probably get up to 30 mph on this ice. But I did have “bowling” with chunks of ice.WIth a storm moving in the next day to end this glorious snow-free autumn, the outstanding ice skaing conditions on all the high country lakes will be obliterated by snow. What a special year to have been able to hike the high country snow-free up to 12000 feet!

Dana Lake as seen below is 25 feet or so lower than at its peak height in June. The water level was dropping 1/2 inch or so a day now (much faster in prior weeks, the underside of the shore ice shows the evidence), leading to stress-relief booms every few minutes or so audible for the length of the lake—loud and quite scary at first!

Ice Skater and Two Dogs on Dana Lake #1
f9 @ 1/15 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-20 13:37:25
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Dana Lake 1, altitude 11200 ft / 3414 m, 28°F / -2°C
last clear ice before the storm

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As can be inferred, my inured knee is fairly well operative again, though it still swells and bitches and moans after a hike. It recovers quickly and continues to improve.

Lloyd on a Cliff Above Dana Lake #1
f16 @ 1/5 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-20 13:31:45
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Dana Lake 1, altitude 11300 ft / 3444 m, 28°F / -2°C
selfie, ice 5 inches thick at least

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Lloyd at Still-Unfrozen Inlet of Dana Lake #3
f11 @ 1/13 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-20 10:43:21
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Dana Lake 3, altitude 10900 ft / 3322 m, 45°F / 7°C
RAW: diffraction mitigating sharpening
lake inlet still unfrozen, selfie

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Lloyd on Mounded Upwelled Ice
f12 @ 1/10 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-20 09:06:34
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)
ENV: Glacier Canyon, altitude 10700 ft / 3261 m, 20°F / -6°C
RAW: Enhance Details, diffraction mitigating sharpening
very cold in the shade in the morning

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