Monday, August 17, 2009

Onion Valley

This last weekend Justin and I went camping in the Onion Valley near Independence, CA. Onion Valley is a funny name. The whole time we were trying to figure it out. Does it smell like onions? It is shaped like an onion? I did a little research, I hear it might be because it used to be covered in wild onion plants?

We love the Eastern Sierra. Its desert like, rocky, hot, dry, but amazing. If you go into the mountains high enough it starts to lighten up, trees, green, wild flowers, crystal blue lakes.

We feel like we've been able to see a lot of California, but we realize we've only seen the tip of the iceberg. The more I go to areas like the Eastern Sierra, or even out in other desert areas like the Salton Sea, I really start to appreciate California. Sometimes being stuck in the city can make you jaded, but California is still wild. Lots of it. There are beautiful redwoods, and dry, hot, eccentric deserts. I love it! Have I already said that? I love it!

the view from our campsite. We got lucky, it was the only spot left when we pulled in at sunset.

The Onion Valley

Hike to Gilbert Lake - 10,500ft

Justin was so excited about camping, so excited. Really.

I love that smiling photo of Justin - he was totally posing.
There are more photos from our trip here.


Shannalee said...

Ok, seriously? Your photos. They are amazing. I feel like you need to do something with this - a book? something. I'm more amazed with every post, and I just want to keep looking at more.

Amanda Mae said...

WOW Shannalee!! That was the best compliment! Maybe I will do something with my photos ;) I just need to come up with a good idea. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

Hannah said...

I agree with Shannalee. AMAZING photographs. definitely book worthy. They are so full of life!

Cate said...

Beautiful photos! My dad used to take me backpacking in the Sierras every summer, and it will always be one of my favorite places on Earth.

LoveFeast Table said...

Ok, your photos are amazing!!! Beautiful!! And, what a great place....I feel like I can smell the fresh air!!! Wonderful! -Chris Ann

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

yes. gorgeous. what they said. :)

Turquoise Diaries said...

Just wonderful place and the photos gave them its worth. Thanks..

Anna said...

So beautiful! I just stumbled upon your blog and immediately fell in love. Such beautiful, inspiring photographs!

Thanks for sharing!


vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

just found your blog and WOW-
awesome photos.
I will be back!

Sprouted Kitchen said...

i love the picture of the two of you! there is something so romantic about how simple it is, and how you can see the emotion. LOVE IT!

pasadenapio said...

I'll be first in line when you publish that coffee-table book!

Amanda Mae said...

Any one have any ideas for a photography book? I feel like I need a theme or an idea... and when I find the right one - I will go for it. :)

Thank you for all the compliments! Made my day!

Cafe Pasadena said...

A theme? How's this: This Is The Life!
You might wanna ck with a local Pasadena publisher for some ideas.

Have I said this before: I want your job, or at least life. I

Sam@BingeNYC said...

Such incredible photographs! Absolutely breathtaking.

sk said...

Wowzers! That place is gorgeous. I love the couple-shot! You guys are very cute!