View from Mud Mountain south
Only a hardy few ever get to enjoy this spectacular panorama of southern Sierra County in person. Thanks to the photographer who last week climbed to the top of Mud Mountain—the vantage point from which this image was taken—we can all appreciate this rare view of Timber Mountain in the Caballos, the thin, shimmering disc that is Caballo Lake and rural dwelling places dwarfed by the vastness of the high desert.
What makes this image especially memorable, though, is the diagonal line of threatening clouds stretching all the way to the horizon. It animates the composition by dividing it sharply into two and highlighting the natural features that are of interest and casting the remaining landscape into dark shadow. The clouds themselves add sensuality and a frisson of danger that contrast interestingly with the flatness and impersonality of the landscape.
—Commentary by Tom Hinson, editor, Photograph of the Week
Editor’s Note: Click on the photograph to view it in a light box for even greater clarity.
Professional, amateur and phone-camera photographers alike are invited to submit images to the Sierra County Sun for possible publication in the Sun’s “Photograph of the Week” feature. The deadline for consideration is every Friday at 5 p.m. For further information, click on the Help Us Report button on our home page and then check the box labeled “I want to submit a photo to Photograph of the Week.”