S C Bachus
Mt. Conness and its fast disappearing glacier lie just to the north of Tioga Pass. Since the end of the Pleistoscene, glacial run-off has fed Lee Vining Creek, which in turn now provides water and hydro-electric power for the town of Lee Vining. Although the creek feeds Saddlebag Lake before plummeting down the eastern face of the Sierra below Tioga Pass, the lake was in its natural state much smaller prior to a dam being built over its outlet in 1919. The lake's elevation at 10,087 feet is close to treeline and vegetation is relatively sparse. As a consequence, images of Mt. Conness and Saddlebag Lake tend to be quite stark and to my mind best rendered in monochrome.