The Inyo Mountains are a landscape of striking contrast and constant surprise. People often mistakenly categorize this range that forms the eastern wall of the Owens Valley as “empty desert” or “of low scenic value.” This mislabeling can only mean one thing: these people have never walked through the Inyos with open eyes and open minds, especially in the early morning or evening when the air resounds with birdsong and the skies are filled with hummingbirds and bats. If they had, it would be impossible to overlook the abundance of life brimming in the steep canyon walls and across the vast alluvial fans. Take a look at these photos from early evening, March 25, 2014.

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