Nightmare Rock, Alabama Hills, California
Four miles west of Lone Pine, California, nestled in the Alabama Hills along the portal road to Mount Whitney, sits Nightmare Rock. The Alabama Hills are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical "rugged" environment. Since the early 1920s, 150 movies have been filmed here, including Tom Mix films, Hopalong Cassidy films, The Gene Autry Show, and The Lone Ranger. Classic films include as Gunga Din, Springfield Rifle, The Violent Men (1955 film), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott "Ranown" westerns, part of How the West Was Won, and Joe Kidd. More recent productions include Tremors, Django Unchained, Iron Man and Gladiator.
Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine, CA. Near a cliff base overlooking the Sierra Nevada Range.
Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine, CA. Amongst the boulders.
The Alabama Hills, atop a 5000 foot rise.
Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine, CA. Looking out at the Sierra Nevada from a hilltop.
Alabama Hills,near Lone Pine, CA. Looking out at the Sierra Nevada from a hilltop.
The Alabama Hills, looking up a little slot.
The Alabama Hills, looking up towards a rise overlooking the California Sierra Nevada mountains.
The most photographed natural arches in the Alabama Hills. The hills where formed when the Sierra Nev...
The most photographed natural arche in the Alabama Hills. The hills where formed when the Sierra Neva...
A beautiful view of Mount Whitney during sunrise in April.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.