Saturday, November 29, 2008

2008 Fall Color Summary Part 2

I realized that it will take longer than expected to get this summary completed, so I am writing it in parts
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September 30th was another day spend mostly along the Bishop Creek Canyon. There are so many different places to photograph along this area, even if you go to the same spot, there is different light, different clouds, a reflection and so on. I don’t get tired to photograph the Bishop Creek Canyon in the fall. We took a side trip to Convict lake and the McGee Creek Canyon trailhead. Both locations were as disappointing as others we had explored so far. Mostly green trees with a little yellow.

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Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Colors. September 30, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Another Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Image. September 30, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Fall Color Road. September 30, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen Grove. September 30, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


On October 1st, I drove solo to see what is going on in Hope Valley and along the Monitor Pass. Hope Valley still had a lot of green Aspens, but some really nice ones as well. There was a lot of color around the Sorenson’s Resort. I found some colorful Aspen groves along the Monitor Pass, but there was still a lot of green. After spending a couple of hours in Hope Valley and along the Monitor Pass, I decided to check out the beaver ponds at Lundy Canyon; the story was the same here. The big Aspen Groves were still green with a little color around the ponds. Another disappointment…..
A short trip to Lee Vining Canyon and the June Lake loop proved to be just that – disappointing!


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Aspen Grove. October 1, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Another Aspen Grove. October 1, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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This Aspen Grove makes three. October 1, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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The Aspens along the Monitor Pass were awesome. October 1, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


October 1st concluded with the same theme I had seen this fall, most of the places that are normally in full fall color swing were late and mostly green.


October 2nd was my last day shooting with Randy and we tried to pack as many places as possible into this day. Beautiful clouds interrupted our drive to the Upper Summers Meadow Road. We just had to stop along US395 and take some beautiful images with the storm coming in. Just about every place we visited had mostly green trees. Fall was late again. Storm Clouds spilling over the Sierra Crest announced the oncoming weather system.


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The old Cabin off of US 395. October 2, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Eastern Sierra - California. October 2, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


On October 3rd I said good bye to Randy and his wife and I headed up to North Lake. Was greeted with a mirror image on the lake and tons of photog’s. When one of them constantly walked in front of my camera to get “his” shot, I packed up and looked for other views.


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Photog at North Lake. October 3, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Hikers along North Lake Road. October 3, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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2008 was a different kind of Fall Color year. The Eastern Sierra Aspens turned later than expected. It was unseasonable warm in September and the first few days in October. A lot of trees stayed green well into October and then starting October 10th an early cold winter storm put an end to most of the color. Some trees went from green to brown. Yellow, orange and red trees went to an almost black color. A couple of places held on to some color until the fourth weekend in October. Yosemite had some color, but it was not a banner year. Even the Wine Countries of Napa Valley and Sonoma were slow in turning color; by November 1st I finally saw more yellow and reds than green. I visited the Wine Country until November 30th and still found color.

This is still in draft form – more to follow.


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Sunday, November 23, 2008

2008 Fall Color Summary Part 1

I started planning my Fall Color Safaris for 2008 in December of 2007. Little did I know, that some of these plans had to change! The company I worked for (Nektar) laid me off on February 11, 2008….
My plans for any trips in 2008 were in limbo. Good luck had it however that one of my former directors hired me as a consultant at Proteus Biomedical and good fortune has it that I am still here.
I could not do all the travel I had planned, because as a consultant you only get paid when you work, any vacation is coming out of your pocket. Enough of this sad stuff and let’s go on with Fall in Northern California!

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Fall Color Collection


In September I always drive into the Napa Valley, because there are early small shows of grapes and colored leaves.

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Napa Valley Color. September 20, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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This year I had a shooting partner; Photographer Randy Walton and his wife Diane joined me for 6 days during my first Safari. We started on September 27th and got our first glimpse of Fall Colors (or not) down the Lee Vining Canyon. Lee Vining Canyon was still green, the Aspens were still in Summer mode. We stopped at the Tioga Mobile Station and then made our way up to the Dunderberg Meadow. Even here along the dirt road we found a lot of green amongst some colorful Aspens. My favorite Aspen grove was about 50% turned.

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My Favorite Aspen Grove. September 27, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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We checked out Conway Summit and it was still mostly green. As we were making our way to Bishop, we took the June Lake loop and found most Aspens were still green as well. Rock Creek Canyon up at Lake level and above had the most color. Once we passed a certain altitude the color was just exploding. We took a bunch of images ….who says you can’t get good shots in the midday sun.
The afternoon was spend along Bishop Creek Canyon from the North Fork to the South Fork. The theme was the same colorful with some green at the upper elevations and mostly green at the lower elevations.

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Randy at work at North Lake. September 27, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Colors. September 27, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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The next day we got up real early to make the traditional (for me anyway) stop at North Lake for the sunrise. Thinking it was Sunday, it would be less crowded…think again. Two workshops had already set up and it was tripod to tripod at the shores.

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North Lake Photographer Jam. September 28, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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The big Aspen Grove at North Lake was beautiful and we spend this day all along the Bishop Creek Canyon from one end to the other. This day was also the only one with a decent sunset.

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Another side of Bishop Creek Canyon. September 28, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Colorful Stream along the North Fork of Bishop Creek Canyon. September 28, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Only Good Sunset we had during my first Fall Color Safari. September 28, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Monday 9/29/08 we drove up to Rock Creek Lake and got there when it was still dark. The sunrise was not with the red clouds we had hoped for, but nevertheless it was beautiful. It was cold and the lack of wind produced a mirror image on the lake. Rock Creek Canyon had one of the best fall color displays I have seen. I was always wondering why others said Rock Creek colors are awesome, in the past I had gone up there when a lot of leaves had already been blown off. NOW I understand…..Starting at the Palisades Group Camp all the way to the Mosquito Flat, the colors were popping. When we were done working this area, we returned to Bishop Creek. Clouds were building and it became very windy with a few rain showers. We spend the rest of the day at Bishop Creek working the spots that had gorgeous fall colors. With all the clouds a good sunset just did not develop.

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Rock Creek Lake at Dawn. September 29, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Rock Creek Canyon. September 29, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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South Lake – Bishop Creek Canyon. September 29, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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North Fork – Bishop Creek Canyon. September 29, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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The Colors of Fall – Bishop Creek Canyon. September 29, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Getting this summary written takes longer than I thought so….Part 2 to follow soon

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Fall in Lundy Canyon

I was recently inspired by Jeffrey’s post on the FM Forum Fall in the Eastern Sierra to go back to my images I took on October 12, 2007. Lundy Canyon was at it’s prime, maybe a little past prime already. Early snow and wind had left its mark. It was still beautiful and worth the trip up the dirt road to the Beaver Ponds.


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Lundy Canyon – Second Beaver Pond. October 12, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Lundy Canyon – Second Beaver Pond. October 12, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Lundy Canyon – Fist Beaver Pond. October 12, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Lundy Canyon – First Beaver Pond. October 12, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .

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Monday, August 04, 2008

A Visit to the Napa Valley Wine Country

On Sunday August 3, 2008 I took a drive into the Napa Valley Wine Country. I checked on how the grapes were coming along. The ones at the Duckhorn Vineyards look like they are ready for harvest. This is one of the few Wineries that harvests in August. Last year I wanted to take some more images of their green grapes, but they had already harvested by the second week in August.


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Green Grapes at the Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley California. August 3, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Other Vineyards are coming along great and I shall visit them a few more times in August/September.
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The Colors of Wine Country. August 3, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Ghost of Howland Hill Road

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Howland Hill Road, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, this dirt road passes through the center of the park, and is one of the best redwood drives anywhere.

May 24, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


Howland Hill Road is actually a road a lot of people take and that’s how the “Ghost” came about. This is a truck with a camper shell driving through my image.


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