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Panoramania 6: Death Valley

A 2015 panorama from Aguereberry Point in the Panamint Range over Death VAlley

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A zoomable version is here. Starting from the nearby point above the camera and going left, Telescope Peak is just visible over a nearer part of the crest of the Panamint Range. Then the dipping layered sediments of the late Precambrian and early Cambrian are prominent in the foreground with Death Valley between the Panamints and the Black Mountains. In the far distance down Death Valley are the Avawatz Mountains on the skyline and the eastern Owlshead Mountains somewhat closer. On the skyline beyond the northern end of the Black Mountains and the southern end of the Funeral Mountains are the Spring Mountains (Mt. Charleston being the high point). The drainage between the Blacks and Funerals is Furnace Creek, which enters Death Valley farther left at the park headquarters and major hub of the park in the green patch of Furnace Creek. Farther left on the skyline are the high plateaus of the Nevada Test Site, including Pahute Mesa. Farther left the Grapevine Mountains define the east side of northern Death Valley before being obscured by nearby Tucki Mountain. Farther left are the Cottonwood Mountains and Hunter Mountain and left of the nearby student, peaks of the Sierra Nevada rise beyond the Harrisburg Flat area and Pinto Peak before we turn back to Aguereberry Point once more.

Panoramania 5: Bernese Alps

A panorama from the ridgeline north of Grosse Scheidegg near Grindelwald, Switzerland

Will make a zoomable version elsewhere before too long. The huge pyramid in the center of the view initially is the north face of the Wetterhorn (the visible summit might be the Scheideggwetterhorn). Grosse Scheidegg sits at the base of the little green triangle directly below the Wetterhorn. To the right, the next major ridgeline is the north ridge of the Schreckhorn (one visible summit is Mättenberg, and Kleines Schreckhorn is just visible over a notch on the flank of Wetterhorn), and then the next ridge down is capped by the Eiger, which is partially shrouded by clouds. Grindelwald sits in the valley below the Eiger. The next major summit to the left of the Wetterhorn is the Wellhorn. Far down valley to the left (east) are a pair of prominent summits, Wendenstöke and Titlis, which is above Engelberg. In the opposite direction from the Wetterhorn rises the bare summit of Schwarzhorn, part of the ridgeline that towers over Lake Brienz to the north.

Geologically, this region encompasses the contrast between the high crystalline rocks of the Air massif to the south and the sedimentary rocks of the valley and ridges to the north. This juxtaposition reflects the emplacement of the Helvetic nappes. The front of the ranges seen here are dominantly limestones of those nappes with some of the interior peaks being granites and gneisses of the Aar massif.

Panoramania 4: Torrey’s Peak

From the second highest 14er on the Continental Divide…

Zoomable version here. Prominent peak with Continental Divide Trail switchbacking up is Grays Peak, the highest peak on the Continental Divide in the conterminous U.S.; this is just east of south. To the right is the Chihuahua Creek drainage, which feeds into Peru Creek, which drains into the Snake River which in turn heads to the Blue River, which is impounded in Dillon Reservior, somewhat farther to the right beyond and between Lenawee Mountain (in sun) and Grizzly Peak (in shade). The Arapahoe Basin ski area is hidden behind these peaks; Keystone’s runs are just beyond Lenawee Mtn. The Breckinridge Ski Area is visible in the range beyond Lenawee Mtn; it is in the Tenmile Range. To the left of that ski area is Quandary Peak (with several faint snow stripes dropping from left to right on its northern flank); fourteeneers Mts Lincoln and Bross of the Mosquito Range (which is really the continuation of the Tenmile Range) are farther to the left of Quandary. In the far distance above Dillon Reservior is the Holy Cross Range. Farther right, over the left edge of Dillon Reservior and beyond the town of Frisco, is Tenmile Canyon, separating the Tenmile Range to the south from the Gore Range to the right (Mount of the Holy Cross is above and left of Tenmile Canyon but isn’t distinct in these images). Buffalo Mountain is the prominent mass just south (left) of a major glacial canyon trending towards us (this is nearly due west). Views farther to the northwest towards the northern Gore Range are over the Williams Fork Range. Farther right in the distance are shadowy outlines of the Park Range and, possibly, the Rawah (Medicine Bow) Mountains beyond North Park. Snowy and rugged peaks above the freeway interchange are the Indian Peaks part of the Front Range; Longs Peak (left) and Mt. Meeker (right) are outlined on the horizon. Farther right (east) is green-shouldered Kelso Mountain in the foreground, with the Stevens Creek drainage to the right below broad McClellan Mountain (due east) and, to the right, sharper Mt. Edwards. On the skyline beyond and just right of Mt. Edwards are fourteeneers Mt. Evans (left) and Mt. Bierstadt (right). Pikes Peak is barely visible in the haze farther right (a little to the left of Grays Peak).

(Note there is no single point to see this well in all directions; views from three sides of the peak are merged here). 28 July 2014.

Panorama Cheats

Just a quick note about some of the panoramas GG has been piling up (for instance, part 4, up shortly). Strictly speaking, they are cheats.

How so? Many mountain peaks have a broad enough summit that you cannot really see everything from the top. You have to wander towards an edge and peer down one way and then wander to another edge and peer down another and so on. And, as the instructions for image merging usually state, you don’t want to be trying to combine images from different positions. In fact, you usually want to be working off a tripod at one spot where you can position the camera so there is no parallax at all.

So what is the trick to making a panorama that includes views from multiple positions? Mainly it is recognizing that you need to minimize foregrounds and minimize parallax. How might you do this?

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Panoramania 3: Pinchot Pass

The view from Pinchot Pass in the Sierra Nevada (experiment with 360 view).

A more directly interactive version (zoomable) is here.

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Panoramania 2: Key Summit, New Zealand

Key Summit at dawn, on the Routeburn Track, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand. A more manueverable version is here.

Panoramania 1: Toroweap

OK, there are lots of things I’d like to be doing, one being getting outside. Well, not going too well on that front, but having finished running a 5 day virtual field trip, we’ll try traveling differently.  GG has a lot of panoramas made over the years, so we’ll see if the tools in WordPress are up to the job. For many of  these I will also include a link to an online version that allows zooming in and out.

For starters, here is a panorama from the Toroweap viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park…