• Lake Ediza, California
    This 360 panorama is of Lake Ediza, California
  • Silver Falls, Oregon
    This 360 panorama is of a Silver Falls, Oregon
  • Silver Star Mountain, Washington
    This 360 panorama is from Silver Star Mountain, Washington

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Header panoramas backstory

#1: Lake Ediza

The Minarets in the central Sierra Nevada always beckoned to me from the first time I saw them from Hwy 395. On this summer day in 1998, I decided to get to see them closer up. Truly one of the most sublime mountain views I've ever seen. The Minarets are so steep that they won't hold all the snow that was still in the backcountry. On the way back a thunderstorm let loose and the lightning was quite closeby.

#2: Silver Falls

It was quite lucky to get this panorama of one of the Silver Falls, Oregon without the crowds of people that visit these wonderful watery displays.

#3: Silver Star Mtn

After quite a lot of walking and ascending on this fine fall day, finally got to some great vantage points at 4390 foot high Silver Star Mountain. On a good day there are five volcanoes visible from here--Mt, Hood, Mt. St Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Jefferson.