OUTDOORS Pans

Our collection of panorama and large portrait images with an Outdoors theme. Click any image for large-scale originals. See other images also on our PHOTO Pan & Portrait page.

Steelhead Lake by Dave Norton, 2005

Matterhorn & Virginia Canyons and Shepherd Crest

Dave writes: Here’s Steelhead Lake, highest of the large lakes in 20 Lakes Basin above Lee Vining. In the foreground is the loop trail that makes a fine 8 mile stroll through the Basin. Out of sight at the head end of the lake is the Hess Mine, nestled against the Sierra crest. Over the crest are the three McCabe Lakes, beautiful gems, lightly travelled. North Peak dominates the skyline.


Matterhorn Canyon by Alex Forbes, Yosemite 1972

Matterhorn & Virginia Canyons and Shepherd Crest

Stitched from 3 individual photos* (thumbnails above). This vista can be found just past the uppermost reaches of Cold Canyon, before descent into the foot of Matterhorn Canyon (left) and Virginia Canyon (middle), 2-3 days north out of Tuolumne Meadows. Shepherd Crest can be seen at the distant right in this photo. Photos by Alex Forbes, landscape orientation, handheld. Rollei B35 compact 35mm camera slide scans by Nikon CoolScan III. Panoramic image produced with version 2.61 software from The Panorama Factory, by Smoky City Design. Full size image is 2752×1008 posted size, 805KB download. Copyright, All rights reserved.


Shepherd Crest, Yosemite 2002 by Dave Norton

Matterhorn & Virginia Canyons and Shepherd Crest

This is the view from from the crest east of the saddle between Upper McCabe and Roosevelt Lakes, in northeastern Yosemite, just over the Sierra Crest from Twenty Lakes Basin. Elevation is 11,400 feet. On the right is the Sierra crest, with the pass from Twenty Lakes Basin just out of sight. No trails through this area, and the permanent glacier on the northern slope makes the trip to or from McCabe very iffy, without crampons and ice gear. Beyond McCabe rises the craggy Shepherd Crest, and in the distance to the left and west the Pacific Crest Trail winds through the valley headed north. Sheep Peak (11,800) rises in the center. Photos by Dave Norton. Stitched from (10) 1200×1600 images, handheld, portrait orientation, Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera. Panoramic image produced with version 2.4 software from The Panorama Factory, by Smoky City Design. Full size image is reduced here 50% to 4444×723 posted size, 2194KB download. Copyright, All rights reserved.


Miller Lake, Yosemite, August 1979 by Alex Forbes

Matterhorn & Virginia Canyons and Shepherd Crest

Miller Lake reposes at thePacific Crest Trail leg joining Cold and Matterhorn Canyons, at 9443 feet. It can also be reached descending down Virginia Canyon, which is how we did it in 1979. This hike may be featured in a slide show in the near future. In the fullsize image, you will note part of a troop of scouts resting near lake’s edge, near the right in the photo. They came in from Matterhorn Canyon to the north, by pack mule. Photos by Alex Forbes. Stitched from (2) 3875×2500 TIFimages, handheld, portrait orientation. Rollei B35 compact 35mm camera slide scans by Nikon CoolScan IV. Panoramic image produced with version 2.4 software from The Panorama Factory, by Smoky City Design. Full size image is reduced here 50% to 2954×1008 posted size, 853KB download. Copyright, All rights reserved.


Sunset and Storm Clouds Over Sawtooth Ridge, Yosemite, 1972, by Alex Forbes

Sunset and storm clouds over Sawtooth RidgeThis photo was taken from Snow Lake after a rainstorm. It really needs to be expanded to full size to show the scale and coloration actually captured. Sawtooth Ridge is north and west of Matterhorn Peak; Snow Lake is a climb of several miles west of there. SawtoothRidge is a highly recognizable landmark, and can easily be identified from jetliner overflights.

Photo by Alex Forbes, portrait orientation, handheld. Rollei B35 compact 35mm camera slide scan by Nikon CoolScan III. Full size image is 900×1347 posted size, 136KB download. Copyright 2002, All rights reserved.


Garnet Lake, vic. Mammoth, 2007 by Dave Norton

Garnet Lake Pan ... Click image for jumbo 8663x1764 panorama.

Dave writes: “Here’s a pan of Garnet Lake, near Mammoth. Buddy Russ and I hiked in in July of ‘07. It’s six miles in from the Agnew Meadows trailhead, with an elevation gain of 2,000 ft. I didn’t realize until the first night that I had left my (our only) tent in the car. The lake is around 9,700 ft, fairly lightly visited (we had the lake to ourselves), with good fishing for Brookies and Rainbows” … see the full post in Dave’s Outdoors article.


20 Lakes Basin, by Dave Norton 2002

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