Subtle Hues

Subtle hues in the Alabama Hills prevail during the pre dawn minutes before sunrise. What isn’t subtle is the amount of texture and detail in the jumble of rocks seen here.

The Alabama Hills are actually part of the Sierra Nevada. Believe it or not, the rocks in the foreground are exactly the same rock as what makes up the peaks behind. The difference is in the way they have eroded. Where the high peaks are subjected to temperature, water, ice and gravity, the hills were buried in the ground for millions of years. The acids in the filtering groundwater chemically eroded what is now the Alabama Hills and is what gave them their distinctive character before they were uplifted with the rest of the range.

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