Saturday, September 12, 2009

Searching for Eastern Sierra Fall Colors in the later part of October.

In 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008 I visited the Eastern Sierra between October 15th and October 22nd. Most of the Aspen groves at the higher elevations such as Bishop Creek Canyon or Rock Creek Canyon are past peak by then, but there are a couple of places holding on to color. One of them is the June Lake Loop.
The June Lake Loop is a 15 Mile Scenic Loop, with 4 lakes, a waterfall and majestic mountains. The June Lake Loop road is found just south of the town of Lee Vining off U.S. 395. Soon after you enter the June Lake loop you drop down behind some low foothills into the Grant Lake area. From here the land becomes more varied and interesting as you pass down a nice canyon dotted with pine trees and quaking aspen.
I found the Aspen groves to be at peak and glowing in the sun. Cold wind and frost can change things here within a day as I experienced. I had checked on a couple of spots too late in the day to get a good composition and came back the next morning; only to find the aspen leaves had turned into an ugly black/brown color.


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Aspen Grove with a view on the Mono Craters – October 17, 2005. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Late Fall Color along the June Lake Loop – October 18, 2005. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Fall Color Road along the June Lake Loop – October 20, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Reflection at Silver Lake - June Lake Loop – October 19, 2008. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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1 comment:

Greg Russell said...

Fantastic shots, Inge. I'm planning a trip either the weekend of 10/9, or 10/23 to the east side. Hopefully it is as fantastic as these!