Cows of the Sierras by Justin Mair


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This was taken on the Owens River with the Sierras in the background. On the far left is the Mammoth Crest, to its right is Mammoth Mountain and it is actually a dormant volcano and a popular ski resort. To the right of that you can see the jagged Minarets and to the far right is Mount Ritter. The hills in the background are the resurgent dome. They are constantly being pushed upwards due to a pocket of magma filling up a few miles below the surface.

The Owens River is the main source of water for Los Angeles via the L.A. Aquaduct. Los Angeles stole most of the water that used to feed this valley.

This was exhibited at the 2008 Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, Ca.


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captured in the wilderness, harvested in fort collins, colorado.

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  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 6 years ago

    great shot

  • Kenny Gulley Jr.
    Kenny Gulley Jr.almost 6 years ago

    sweet shot

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzalmost 6 years ago

    A very familiar scene there, but you have made it something special!!

  • thanks. i was fishing and the shot would have been bland without the cows…then the herd slowly moved in and I waited until I liked the composition before snapping some shots.

    – Justin Mair

  • Paul Gana
    Paul Ganaalmost 6 years ago

    very nice scene

  • Julie Thomas
    Julie Thomasover 5 years ago

    fantastic shot… great colours and composition!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors and reflection!

  • Lesley Atlansky
    Lesley Atlanskyalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I used to fish there, as a kid. Love that place. The colors are beautiful.

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