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From Snow to Sand

I’m back home after Lundy Canyon, Silver Canyon, White Mountains / Schulman Grove / Eureka Dunes / Cerro Gordo / Alabama Hills. Weather was very warm the entire week (try 42°F at 6 AM at Schulman Grove!), which made it easier traveling.

In spite of a nasty cold for a few days, it was a pleasant weeklong short trip, ending in warm areas, like Eureka Dunes and Alabama Hills. Still, coming down the dunes at dusk, our bare feet were numb—some of that hard sand was frozen underneath on areas of the dunes that get little sun on the solstice. We had the place to ourselves on the solstice, but leaving that night 7 or 8 vehicles were arriving.

Arriving after dark at Schulman Grove, the temperature was 25°F with crunchy cold snow. At 6 AM it had risen to 42°F—go figure. Hiking at Schulman Grove was T-shirt weather in the sun that day.

Near the 700-foot-tall summit of Eureka Dunes
f1.4 @ 30.0 sec, ISO 100; 2018-12-19 20:13:44
[location “Schulman Grove, White Mountains”, altitude 10050 ft / 3063 m, 25°F / -3°C, "warmed up to 42°F by 6 AM"]
NIKON Z7 + Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

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Near the 700-foot-tall summit of Eureka Dunes
f8 @ 1/100 sec handheld IBIS=on, ISO 64; 2018-12-21 14:57:49
[location “Eureka Dunes”, altitude 3400 ft / 1036 m, 50°F / 10°C, panorama]
NIKON Z7 + Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

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L Chambers and L Chambers, Eureka Dunes
f11 @ 0.8 sec, ISO 400; 2018-12-21 16:59:32
[location “Eureka Dunes”, altitude 2840 ft / 866 m, 45°F / 7°C, "climbed to summit and long ridge after"]
GFX 50R + Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R WR @ 18mm equiv (23mm)

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