High Sierra Lake

Since April 2020 I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

“High Sierra Lake”, 11×14, oil on panel

Much of the Sierra mountain range is impassable unless you are on foot or horse. Early pioneers crossing the plains in wagon trains heading to California always raced to ensure they made it to the Sierra before the first snow fall. The story of the Donner Party who missed the weather window is legendary.

There are 6 mountain passes in the Sierra range easily driven by car, at least not in winter. From south to north are Highways 120 (Tioga Pass), Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass), Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass), Hwy 88 (Carson Pass), Hwy 50 (Echo Pass), and Interstate 80 (Donner Pass). Top of my bucket list is to hop on the Harley, and spend a week or so going up Hwy 395 along the Eastern Sierra, and transverse every pass.  

Today’s offering from the “Studio Bounding” is an old favorite of a little lake up Ebbetts Pass called Mosquito Lake.