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Fall Color

Nov 072016
 

What a great time of the year and what a pristine place to view some of the remaining color that fall so humbly bestows upon us.  It’s a real treat to be able to wander along the roads of the eastern Sierra for just one purpose; observing the beauty of nature’s change of season.  The bright and alive green of summer slowly starts to change and before long becomes a vibrant, intense explosion of yellows and gold’s with just a touch of everlasting green, adding just the right amount of contrast to the road less traveled.  There were not many people traversing this patch of roadway on this day.  That’s just fine with me.  It makes this little stretch of heaven just that much more inviting.

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Oct 152015
 

Being late in the season, the cabin was empty.  All the rustic mountain cabins were empty, ready for the maintenance they’d need before next year.  The emptiness of the cabins and quiet of the high Sierra made for great exploration.  There was a sense of mystery and charm, especially as the turning colors of fall made their way into the frame.  I sure love the mountains.

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Oct 182014
 

Much of the beauty of the Sierra mountains in fall is its accessibility.  Of course I love to traipse around the woods and countryside, but to those who don’t, just taking a drive along highway 395 that skirts the eastern side of this incredible mountain range will work out just fine.  In fact, no matter what season, it’s a great choice for a scenic getaway.  This is Conway Summit, just north of the Mono Lake overlook and town of Lee Vining, gateway to the eastern entrance to majestic Yosemite.

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Sep 272014
 

It’s fall again!  I love this time of year.  Much of the time it’s very soft, especially compared to the height of summer and its intensity.  The light is softer, the darkness of day slowly fading, the colors in nature turning inward, readying itself for winters slumber.  It’s also a great time to be in the mountains, where scenes like this abound.

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Jul 182014
 

I wonder how long ago this place was actually lived in.  Now, it’s old and a bit beat up.  Still, I rather like it.  It is a bit spooky running into it high in the mountains but it is a part of a larger complex of cabins at Lundy lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  I went there looking for color and the turning of the leaves and I found this.  I wonder when it was when the last person actually stayed here?  Think I’ll knock and see if anyone’s home.

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Mar 162014
 

A campground resort closed for the season.  I imagine it being a hundred years ago.  Wouldn’t be closed then.  It would be alive and lived in, fire wood piling up in preparation for the coming winter cold.  After all, it’s over 7800 feet in elevation at Lundy Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra mountains in California and nights were cold in mid October.  There in the fall, I was seeking out the colors of the season when I happened across the closed camping resort.  I stayed a while to soak up the beauty and quiet ambiance.

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Nov 202013
 

I brought my tent and pad and sleeping bag figuring I’d be spending the night outside.  After all, that’s what I do up in the Sierras, the mountains.  The great outdoors.  Well, I was so full from the day of both driving and exploring that I chose the easy way of a cheap motel in Bridgeport.  Call me soft, but I’m sure glad I did, too.  When I got up and left before dawn the next morning it was Cold!  I mean it was 15 degrees cold!  Stopping to photograph the emerging light was difficult on my frozen little fingers.  But, continue on I did.  I drove the 10 miles up to Twin Lakes to see the sights of fall.  Wow!

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Nov 122013
 

Of all the times I’ve been up to the Sierra Nevada mountains, I’d never been there just to see the fall colors.  I guess it seemed too touristy without taking the time and energy to do some serious hiking.  Well, this time there was very little hiking and a lot of “leaf peeping” as I’ve heard it called.  Photography was the major interest and activity.  And all I can say is, Wow!  What an incredible place to go and be!  Vivid color with brilliant contrasting blue skies.  I was as giddy as a kid in an candy store.

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