Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weekend Reflections / Mirrored Reflections of the High Desert

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This image is a reflection in my side view mirror on the driver's side of my car.
I took a drive out to the high desert a few days ago mainly to photograph these rocks on Highway 138 just west of Interstate 15.
This highway takes skiers and snowboarders to the Wrightwood Ski area, and beyond, along the north side of the San Gabriel Mountain Range...or the high desert side.
You can see the bridge that carries freight trains, one after another, through the mountain pass here.
I was waiting for a train to pass but, it took longer than I could wait.
Isn't that Murphy's Law?
Any other time they are only 10 to 15 minutes apart.

This is the same view in the mirror but I widened the angle to catch what I could see looking ahead.
Yes...I was the driver, but I parked on a side road to get these shots!
As you can see...still NO train!

Thank you, James, for hosting this meme!

33 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

It is fun to see the desert through your rear view mirror.

MyMaracas said...

It's amazing to see such huge rocks heaved up like that. Beautiful shots.

Nefertiti said...

Magnifique !

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful rocky place!!

KMOYMAMA said...

I know and you know that we have to be patient if we want a good picture! I would like to take a picture like you did using a rearview mirror.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Carolyn -- I'm quite envious of these great pictures out of your car window!

Sunny said...

Wonderfully creative pictures.
☼ Sunny

James said...

Great reflections Carolyn! It's like a portal to another world perhaps the Land of the Lost. I also like the way we can see what's in front and behind at the same time in the bottom photo.

Malyss said...

Your catch is beautyful, with or without train!Ü

Scott said...

What a clever way to do that and get your reflections theme at the same time. Nice shots.

Sylvia K said...

Great captures as always, Carolyn! Such a beautiful place and how clever to catch it in the mirror! I love them! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful pictures Carolyn, that second one is amazing, something like a dream.I have this feeling!Welll done!
Happy Weekend
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

RuneE said...

Train or no train - they looked great!

Clytie said...

What beautiful reflections! I really like the one that shows what's ahead as well.

Thom said...

Excellent my friend. What a beautiful reflection. Dang Murphy's Law. But mabye at a later date. Well done :) Have a great weekend

cieldequimper said...

I like them both but I prefer the first one, it's gorgeous!

Jane said...

Great desert images, like the light:)

Dave said...

Hi Carolyn, this is a clever composition, i also tried this one but havent gone thru PP yet, Im felling tired and cant even lift my camera at the moment. Have a nice day.

Lew said...

But a great reflection, even withoutthe train!

Dianne said...

I love the way you composed these shots!
creative
and lovely

Riet said...

Great reflection photo's. Nice composition photo's

Mary Ann said...

Such stunning landscapes! Living in the city, I really miss scenes like this.

Beth Niquette said...

I love the desert--these reflections are SO creative!

Ebie said...

Perfect framing of your shots! Love the second photo, two scenes in one!

Ebie said...

BTW, my secret follower, found my new blog after two days, but using a proxy server.

I am ignoring that person now.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh those little mirrored beauties, are stunning!Really creative!
KK

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Very clear and the view is worth the drive.

Mine is Australia: Nature's Gift

SquirrelQueen said...

Great rocky views, I really like the framing on the first shot. The train probably showed up five minutes after you left, isn't that the way it usually works?

Woody said...

Excellent! I like the second one that gives the rear and front looking perspective.

Owen said...

That's my kind of country ! Love it, and reflected, even better...

Linnea W said...

Excellent shots through the mirror. What unusual landscape. My sister-in-law lives in Wrightwood. I've driven past the exit that heads up into the mountains, but I've never headed up there. It looks very intriguing!

Ann said...

Is this alpine? Your landscape is similar to ours here. We have a stretch called dessert road. Very dangerous in winter.

Your mirror image is really good.

Pat Tillett said...

I just saw those rocks last week on our to and from Utah.
Great perspective using the mirror!