Webcams open beautiful views of Sierra

webphoto1webphoto2By popular request, Sierra Wave asked Dennis Mattinson to tell us about the webcams in southern Inyo.  Here are the story and some beautiful images:
Dennis Mattinson worked with Steve Cosner from the Mt. Whitney Hikers Association on placing a webcam at the Fort Independence EPA Office. We created the Mt Williamson (and its sister Mt Whitney webcam at the Lone Pine Film History Museum) to give people a live view of the Sierra crest, and to help create interest in the Mt Whitney Hikers Association website and forum at The cameras are run by donated computers, using old Olympus digital cameras, housed in custom built electrical junction boxes. They were installed by volunteers, and most operations on the camera can be managed remotely over the internet.
webphoto3Included are three (3) still images taken by the webcam over the years. In the first image, the bird is a male Northern Harrier, according to its markings.
Dennis Mattinson & Steve Cosner

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10 Responses to Webcams open beautiful views of Sierra

  1. Julie February 10, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Thank you Sierra Wave for posting these amazing pictures. It so wonderful to have such beauty and inspiration to uplift us.
    I had heard about the webcam picture with the raptor but could not find it on-line. I am thrilled to be able to see it. And thank you to the people that included the links to the other webcams. What great resources!

  2. Mongo Lover of Nature February 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I love the photo of the week “A fiery arc after sunrise”, It evokes a feeling in me of reaching for Mother Universe from the child Earth .

    A meaningful and beautiful image…

  3. Philip Anaya February 9, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Cory Freeman has this site

  4. Rick O'Brien February 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm # has ALL the webcams in the eastern sierra and more. It USED to include the one on top of the White Mountain Research Station but that particular one was removed . Does anybody know how to get access to the White mountain cam…it was one of the few that was a live, streaming cam and it was pretty cool to watch it snow AND you could actually control it & rotate it 360 degrees.

  5. Rick O'Brien February 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    I contacted the supervising Ranger at Bodie a few years back & suggested a webcam would be really awesome, so we could ALL watch the changing weather,and I told him that I would even pay for it. He flat out declined, saying that they (the rangers) already live in a ‘fish-bowl” and don’t need or want any further intrusions in their lives. I said he could mount it somewhere he or anyone else would would never be in frame…”NOPE” ! Maybe the CURRENT ranger in charge is a little more open minded. It would be awesome though, don’t you think ???

    • Mongo Lover of Nature February 9, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      I am willing to take Bodie ranger job, allow for webcams all over the park and in my cabin, and then let Uncle Sam sell the rights as a reality show to pay my salary and pension.
      All I require is two days a week off to escape the fishbowl and get checked out by Tara in Bridgeport.
      Heck-fire, Tara can stay with me on her day off.

  6. johneliot February 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    This site might be of interest for some webcams.

  7. Mongo Lover of Nature February 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Here is a link to the Williamson/ University Cam…
    the link in the article is Whitney.

  8. Mongo Lover of Nature February 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    Is there anything on Earth more beautiful than Earth itself?
    Thank you BK & staff for recognizing this great resource.
    Special note to Whitney Hikers;
    I found your cams through Google and not your site.
    Consider crediting Whitney Hikers in the date /time stamp in the images.
    Best Regards and Thanks!

    PS, can we click on those and make them large?

  9. sugar magnolia February 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks for posting this…I know where all the webcams are in Mono County, but have been looking for some in Inyo County…there so helpful to REALLY know what the weather is doing.


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