- Here are the photos I wrote you about. The photos were
taken on Wednesday, September 13, 2000. The lake is an unnamed lake in
the headwaters of the East Fork of Cherry Creek, in the Northern Yosemite
Boundary region. The altitude was around 9,200 feet. The time was approximately
11 A.M. As usual, the weather was nearly clear when I began my day hike
around 9 A.M. By the time these pictures were taken, one can see that the
sky had clearly become "cloudy."
- I've been watching this phenomenon for well over two
years now, and I've never witnessed such heavy aerial spraying activity
as I did on that morning. It was profoundly upsetting to me to be at such
a pristine and remote High Sierra lake, and witness this kind of unknown
and ominous aerial spraying. The interesting thing about this particular
incident, was that being so high up, I was able to discern certain physical
details of the contrails that I've never been able to see so clearly before.
I watched as the contrails were initially deployed, and then spread out
as usual. But in this case I was astonished to watch as distinct funnel
like formations appeared immediately below the initial contrail lines,
and material dropped into the funnels and then smeared out into more "natural"
cloud like formations. I'd never witnessed this kind of physical dynamic
before. I took two pictures of two different contrails, separated by about
a half an hour. Both photos clearly show the funnel formations, and the
subsequent smearing out effect below the funnels. The plot thickens.