Video from Last Week in Chidago Canyon and the Petroglyphs at Fish Slough

Today we’ve got video from last week’s trip north east of Bishop, to Chidago Canyon and the petroglyphs of Fish Slough.
The petroglyphs are thought to be more than 8,000 years old and were created by the Paiute and Shoshone people that lived in the valley. Some of the art is clearly distinguishable. There are bighorn sheep, deer, birds and people clearly carved into the volcanic rock. Other parts of the petroglyphs are not as easy to read, but the designs are incredible.
From there we continued north west to Chidago Canyon, a narrow slot canyon that ascends the hills north west of The White Mountains. Chidago is also home to several petroglyphs and is a fascinating look at the way volcanic eruptions deposited ash that cooled and settled along the outskirts of the Owens Valley.
After our descent up Chidago, we came back along the base of Casa Diablo and headed home. It was a great trip with our son who was visiting from Montana. We got some great shots from the Rhino, and some GoPro quadcopter shots from above. The aerial view is a great perspective on that area, especially Chidago Canyon. Enjoy and come back soon. Next up are photos from that weekend’s trip to Silver Canyon.


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BrentMay 10, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Thought you might be interested in more late 1950 photos of MMSA. Where can I sent them as attachments?

Thanks, Brent

Phil BrowneApril 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm

These are really beautiful wildlife pictures. Nice to know they are doing well. So glad you were able to take these photos and share them with us. I love to go over these shots because I really enjoy them and they are so interesting. Sure is a lot of fun. You sure have a lot of great things for us to keep coming back for. I’m going to be out in Bishop next week and will be enjoying every minute. Who knows what I may spot :) Thanks Dave!

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Another Trip to Photograph the Wild Horses of Adobe Valley

We just finished up an action-packed weekend with four straight days of Eastern Sierra adventure. We’ve got thousands of photos and hours of video from the weekend, and we’re going to start it off with images from the spectacular wild horses of Adobe Valley. We’ve been out there several times before and we’ve posted pictures and stories from a few of those trips here and here.

For those that don’t know, which I’m sure is most of you, Adobe Valley is off of Highway 120, southeast of Mono Lake.

We figure there were about 200 horses out there and they seem to be healthier, calmer and prettier than they’ve ever been. There were at least ten babies and I’d guess about 20 other young horses. They all seemed healthy so it’s safe to say the future of this herd looks promising.

Have a look through the collection and check back in soon. We’ve got photos and video from last weekend’s trips to Silver Canyon, The Buttermilks and Chidago Canyon on the way.


This is our lunch spot. The wind was howling so we faced straight into it and the back of the truck was completely calm.

On the left is the alleyway that leads to the squeeze chute, where cows come , one by one, to be doctored or branded.
There are several ranches out there with round, rock corrals.
This is the reason the horses are here.
Here is one of the younger horses. This one looks to have been born very recently.
These guys didn’t mind the wind while they ate lunch. Maybe they’re just used to it.
Here is Boundary Peak from Adobe Meadows. The horses have quite the view out there.
Here are some shots of an old cabin we’ve taken photos of before.
Here is The Yellowjacket Ranch near Benton. Looks like they’ve got a brand new windmill.

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Stan BurtonOctober 20, 2015 - 2:27 pm

The pictures of the wild horses were great. They are so wonderfully wild and proud. I felt like I was on a great adventure with the one and only Dave McCoy as the guide.

KathyApril 22, 2013 - 8:52 am

I “stumbled” on your page while trying to find another Dave McCoy. What an unexpected blessing this was! I love your intense photos that speak volumes. Being a horse lover, I can’t think of a better subject.



Ann MurrayApril 21, 2013 - 9:12 pm

“Oh”! Thank you !! Thank you !!! Thank you!!! for these beautiful photos Dave! <3

Phil BrowneApril 12, 2013 - 6:29 am

These are great pictures! Although I’ve always wanted to see the horses out there, I’ve never had a chance to. This really makes it seem like I’m there. Hope to get out there on my next visit. Thanks so much for these shots. -Phil

mark fischerApril 10, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Dave and Poncho, Great horse photos. I lived in hammel valley for a couple years and didn’t know I was so close to adobe valley. Thanks, Mark

VickiApril 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Awesome pictures, looks like a beautiful day.

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