Eastern Sierra Memories With Galen And Barbara Rowell


See the wonders of the Eastern Sierra with two of the most extraordinary people we’ve ever known.

Galen and Barbara Rowell were fascinating and complex people, and at least a little bit larger than life. They were artists, activists and adventurers. Galen was a world-renowned photographer, writer, mountaineer and athlete. Barbara was his partner in every way, and was an accomplished pilot, photographer and author in her own right. They traveled the world, but they especially loved the eastern Sierra, the Owens Valley and the White Mountains. In the fall of 2000, we shot with Barbara and Galen in their home, inside their colorful Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, on the valley floor at dawn, flying the Sierra crest at midday and in the company of mountain sheep and a full moon rising at dusk. It was delightful to be with them and to see this great landscape through their eyes and Galen’s photography. Many people around the world were devastated when Barbara and Galen were killed in a plane crash on a nighttime approach to Bishop in August of 2002. It’s bittersweet to say the least, but I like seeing them again on the video. I hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed our memorable day with Barbara and Galen.