Saturday, October 24, 2009

Eastern Sierra Fall Colors October 22, 2009

I made one LAST whirlwind trip to the Eastern Sierra on Thursday, October 22. I had heard from Kahlee on Monday that there was still color at Silver Lake, but that is was also snowing up there. A cold snap can turn these precious leaves black over night. My goal was to visit the June Lake Loop and the Lee Vining Canyon. On the road at 3AM, a short stop at the Whoa Nellie Deli for my last breakfast to go in 2009 and then straight to Silver Lake. Saw a bunch of photog’s hiking up the Parker Peak hillside area. This one still had a lot of orange. It was 25°F at 7:45AM when I got out of my car and there were frozen leaves around the shores of the lake. A lot of the leaves had been blown off by the recent storms and the trees by the picnic area had mostly black leaves or were bare. Overall there was still some color to be found, but I had to look for it. It became difficult to keep brown or black leaves out of my frames.




A beauty amongst the frozen – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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A Cold Morning at Silver Lake – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




FROZEN – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Fall Color Reflection at Silver Lake – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




Fall Color Reflection at Gull Lake – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


The Lee Vining Canyon was hit harder by the cold spells. About 75% of the jeaves had turned black or the trees were bare. At the start of the Poole Power Plant road there was a nice section of aspens, but there were black leaved ones as well. Other areas by the campgrounds were almost all black. I did not spend much time in the Lee Vining Canyon, as far as I am concerned fall is done here. There is a nice stand of Aspens on the way down to Lee Vining along highway 120 and another one just past the Tioga Lodge on US 395. I made the decision to drive back to the Yosemite Valley by 11:30AM.




Majestic View - Eastern Sierra – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




Small Aspen Grove along highway 120 – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


On my way back over the Tioga Pass I came across a few aspen trees around the Yosemite Creek area and one that really lit up in the midday sun. It was along a turnout close to the Lukens Lake trail head parking. There are a couple of more niceAspen stands close by the Tuolumne Grove. The black oaks along the Tioga road are at peak.


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Aspen light up in the Midday Sun – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen light up in the Midday Sun – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


You will find the continuation of my report on Yosemite here:


Yosemite Fall Colors October 22, 2009


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1 comment:

gander said...

Stunning, as always. Keep them coming!