Hackberry Ridge

While flying through the Mojave Desert exploring the wilderness north of the Eastern Mojave Scenic Area I came upon this view of the mountains with snow-covered tops. I was chasing after a storm as it rapidly moved across the desert to the east, and flying right below the base of the clouds which provided a wonderful diffusion of light.

On the right side of the photo lays Hackberry Mountain and on its left are the Woods Mountains, while in the background on the left along the horizon are the New York Mountains and in the middle are the Castle Mountains and on the right along the horizon, right under the clouds are the snow-capped Piute Mountains.

This area in the foreground is Black Canyon Wash and sits inside the Mojave National Preserve,  a 1,600,000 acres (650,000 ha) unit of the National Park System. Natural within the preserve include the Kelso Dunes, the Marl Mountains, and the Cima Dome, as well as volcanic formations such as Hole-in-the-Wall and the Cinder Cone Lava Beds.

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