Sky Watch #31

After a couple of hours in Mono Lake, we went back on the road. Highway 120 which runs through Tioga Pass is the Eastern entry to Yosemite NP, our final destination for this 3-day road trip. Luck was smiling at us when we found out as Tioga Pass had just opened the day before after being closed due to heavy snowfall. Yeah, heavy snow fall in this higher elevations in late May.
Tioga Pass is the highest highway pass in California and Sierra Nevada with elevations of 9943 ft (3031 m). I'm sure you could imagine my front seat view as we climb up Tioga Pass---snow covered peaks, blue skies, and white puffy clouds. It was a perfect day for a road trip and a perfect day to sky watch.
According to National Geographic magazine, the drive to Tioga Pass is one of the most scenic in the Sierras. Here's the article.

This is my entry to this week's Sky Watch meme. If you want to view other players' entries or you want to join, please click here.

Comments

  1. Oooh... we both got our mojo!!! Eerie looking shots... The cold bites you. Excellent captures.

    I have no idea where my last shot is from. Sorry.

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  2. Very dramatic some of your skies Maria.
    I love the vivid yellow lines in the roads too.:)

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  3. Wow cow, I am impressed by those high mountains. Excellent choice for SWF. Beautiful photos. Have a great weekend :-)

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  4. These mountains are awesome and the snow on top makes it look like something from a fanatasy movie. Great shots.

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  5. gorgeous... I wonder what kind digital do you use??

    My SWF entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

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  6. I like the style you've chosen for you blog: the font and the presentation. It matches the western motif. Great photos.

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  7. Maria, that first photo is breathtaking!

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  8. These boiling clouds are spectacular. Very beautiful.

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  9. What a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for the tour.

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  10. Those mountains are monumental. And you really have an eye for taking photos of them. Beautiful.
    Happy skywatching and have a nice weekend!

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  11. Love the first image; those mountains in the first image look HUGE!

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  12. Thta last shot would've worked in this week's Thursday Challenge (Clouds) too. But my favorite is the one with the least sky showing... that first shot is simply mind blowing!

    Awesome! Truly awesome.

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  13. Thanks for a front seat tour!
    I can only imagine being there in person - it looks so majestic there. Wonderful shots!

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  14. Great scenery. I really like the top one with the yellow lines giving it a nice accent, central to the whole picture.

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  15. WOW! That is an impressive mountain pass! Love those great big clouds in the last photo!

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  16. Very lovely photos, Maria. I do love mountain scenery.

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  17. Absolutly beautiful pictures for a SWF!Great shot!Have a nice weekend!

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  18. Very nice trip you're taking us on. Please tell me the brakes are good so I don't have to worry on our way down. ;-)

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  19. Beautiful photos, I have never been there but it is high on my lists of places to go.

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  20. Wow, the first one is a very beautiful photo, well done !

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  21. What striking pictures. You captured the true beauty of the moutains very well.

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  22. Oh I love these shots - if I could beam myself through time and space...

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  23. that is very high and most dramatic.

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  24. What a beauty of a post for skywatch

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  25. What an interesting and stunning view! I wish we had such mountains in the Netherlands. Thanks for the tour!

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  26. Dramatic and beautiful, great color. Happy skywatch.

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  27. OH WOW!!! Me like these views! Magnificent views!

    Mountain Retreat

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  28. the first photo is scary. I remember the film Dante's peak or something. =)

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  29. Fantastic shots. They look like something out of a magazine.

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  30. WOW! Fantastic impressive pictures!

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  31. These shots are breath taking and awe inspiring. I can't even imagine the reality of it all! Wow! I would be driving with my jaw dragging on the ground!

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  32. Holy cow, what photos!! What a road! Absolutely beautiful and so wintry--thanks for sharing these this week.

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  33. I like these pics, and what you said in your blog title about taking pics of whatever you get a whim to photograph. Cool!

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  34. Beautiful mountain shots. I've been to Yosemite and to Tioga Pass. That's some beautiful country.

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  35. This is a beautiful but something mysterious with it? I see it...hehehe...anyway, nice shot again ewok. thanks for visiting my page.

    Skies~

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  36. Great shots. Your shots look like they need to be on postcards. Have never seen mountains before but maybe one day......... =) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  37. Incredible shots! Really dramatic! Brought back good memories of trips to Yellowstone. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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  38. this is awesome roadtriping and amazing sky watch series! the first shot is simply splendid. a very moody sky if you ask me. that scene alone will make my day.

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  39. Beautiful. and another entry for my "places to go" list. I love the semi-eerie light in the first photo.

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  40. Wow, this is just fabulously beautiful!!!!

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  41. Wow, that is some view! I love when the clouds are that thick and white.

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  42. these are all splendrous captures!!

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  43. The clouds formation of the last shot is amazing Maria!

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  44. How fabulous, it looks a bit like in Switzerland but much bigger.
    Bautiful shuts!
    Have a nice and sunny weekend!

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  45. Truly spectacular shots! Those mountains are so welcoming!

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  46. The first picture is just...BREATHTAKING !

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  47. Stunning photos of beautiful skies cast across rugged mountains. Thanks for sharing with everyone in sky watch friday.

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  48. what an amazing place...the mountains remind me of chocolate crinkles.:D

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  49. These are truly fantastic sceneries. It's great to see these pictures, so I imagine it must have been breathtaking to be a part of it.

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  50. I love these images. Very dramatic scenes.

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  51. i enjoyed the perspectives... especially the first photo.

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  52. Majestic skies, majestic mountains! Fabulous photos!

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  53. OMG I almost don't have words for these AMAZING shots!!

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  54. Fascinating travelogue! And the beautiful pictures add greatly. thanks for sharing your world, Maria!

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  55. A beautiful series. I want to drive that route too! Nice post.

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  56. PC: Very nice captures in the mountains.

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  57. Clouds and mountains are so heavy here in a very enjoyable way.

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  58. Fantastic photos.
    Must admit we have been on the same route - once. But that was end of July 2006.

    We love the scenery up there.
    Hope Mono Lake is now preserved.

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  59. I have been to Yosemite NP a couple of times. Fantastic place. I would like to go in winter.

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  60. even better Maria, stunning scene and captures:)

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  61. oh how this makes me homesick for my California...the Sierras are the best...great series of photos...enjoyed.

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  62. Simply amazing, you're very talented in photography. Keep it up.

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  63. The first photo of this series seems to me brilliant! I like much!

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