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Milky Way pivoting viewed through Mobius Arch, Lone Pine California (Alabama Hills) 

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Milky way pivoting behind Mobius Arch, A chunk of Granite in the Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine, California

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Mobius Arch Sunset by James Marvin Phelps
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After getting laid off from my job and being antsy to get out of Los Angeles and see some nature, I took a four hour solo road trip to these hills with the intention to photograph them and then head home. They’re used as a backdrop in just about every western movie you’ve ever seen. After shooting until sunset, I ended up getting drunk at a local saloon in the nearby desert town of Lone Pine, sleeping in my car in a hotel parking lot, waking up at 5AM to photograph the sunrise, and then took an exhausting hike part of the way up Mount Whitney (tallest mountain in the lower 48) to see some astonishing views. The world is out there for you to adventure, you just have to go see it.

Alabama Hills, CA. June 2014.

(See more from this trip on my Instagram)

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Mobius Arch in California’s Alabama Hills lights up at sunrise, with Mt. Whitney viewable through the center of the Arch.

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To celebrate Earth Day 2015, picture yourself on public lands, and share a #NatureSelfie!

Whether you hike with friends or clean up a trail, get outside for Earth Day and take a selfie. Share your shot on social media with the hashtag #NatureSelfie. We’ll share our favorites on BLMNational Twitter.

Pictured here, a BLM #NatureSelfie - the Alabama Hills Recreation Area in Lone Pine, California, also known as “Movie Flats.” Since the early 1920’s, the Alabama Hills have attracted movie makers from all over the world. Some movies filmed here include How the West Was Won, Tremors, Star Trek Generations, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Django Unchained. Photographers also come from all over the country to photograph this amazing view.

Share your own nature view from Sunday the 19th to Wednesday the 22nd. And don’t forget the hashtag - #NatureSelfie!!  

Many thanks to natureconservancy for the inspiring #NatureSelfie hashtag for Earth Day!