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Fall Colors?

Postby KathyW » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:28 pm

Has anyone been leaf peeping yet? How do the aspens look in the Eastern Sierra so far this year?
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby Dave K » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:46 pm

They were looking good at Lake Sabrina/North Lake this weekend. Elsewhere I saw scattered patches.
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby Tanngrisnir3 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:23 pm

Ask and you shall receive!

The g/f and I just got back from a whirlwind tour of the east side, leaving L.A. at 0230 hours Saturday morning, and getting back about 1500 on Sunday.

Sabrina: Meh. Some color at the lake, quite mixed at this stage, LOTS of fishing craft screwing up whatever shots were possible. This is the only one from many that I took that I saved. Taken on the dam, about 1/2 way out.

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North Lake: Didn't bother, always too crowded.
Lundy Canyon: Still way too green, but high above the canyon on the south rim, visible from around the fire station, AMAZING field of almost psychedelic orange and quite large. Didn't hike up. VERY green still at the 'resort'
Lee Vining Canyon: Still way too green. Two weeks.
McGee Canyon: Still green, although from the pack station area, beautiful orange and yellows way up high near the back of the canyon. Give it two weeks.
Rock Creek Canyon: Starting to go! Nice yellows further back, esp around RC Lake, where we'll be next weekend, but lots of boaters again, so we continued back south.
Pine Creek Canyon: Still quite green, LOTS of bicyclists from some race that seemed to be going on all over the Bishop/Crowley area. Two weeks.
Convict: Didn't bother.

Which brings us to where we spent almost all the rest of our time: the canyon of the south fork of Bishop Creek leading up to Parcher's/South Lake. It's almost all going off, now, except those awesome aspen stands around what I believe is called Mist Falls. It was yellowing heavily when we got there Sat. morning, but it must have snapped overnight, since it was visibly better Sunday.

From that really big turnout/picnic area about a mile south of Willow, I snapped one of the east slope going up Table Mountain, just to show a lot of the area we were dealing with.

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Taken at the second switchback on the trail leading to Tyee Lakes.

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Same place:

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Taken from the bridge over the creek, starting point of the Tyee Lakes trail, looking south.

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A mile or so south of Willow

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Even further south of the above area

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Same place, right as the sun came up

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Taken by my g/f, w/her new Canon 5D, at the exact same spot and time as the above, only looking in the opposite direction at the exact time the sun came over the ridge of Coyote Flats. Sorry, it's protected, so I can't post it, you'll have to click through.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinblack ... otostream/
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:13 am

This has always been a good site to track where they are popping

http://www.calphoto.com/fall.htm
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby brianhughes » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:17 am

Last Saturday was an absolutely perfect day to climb Mt. Morgan, made even better by the fall colors along the way up to Francis Lake.

http://www.summitpost.org/image/665755/151316/fall-colors-on-the-trail-to-mt-morgan.html

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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby EManBevHills » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:40 pm

Nada on the HST.
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby KathyW » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:23 am

Thanks for the info on fall colors. I think it'll be the good old Aspen Grove in the San Bernardino National Forest again for me this year - the colors should be nice up there this weekend and it's a short drive for me. I'm heading out to Nevada and western Utah on October 9th or 10th, but the I'll be too late to catch the peak in most the areas I'm visiting the week I'm out there wandering around. Oh well.
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby butitsadryheat » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:57 am

KathyW wrote:Thanks for the info on fall colors. I think it'll be the good old Aspen Grove in the San Bernardino National Forest again for me this year - the colors should be nice up there this weekend and it's a short drive for me. I'm heading out to Nevada and western Utah on October 9th or 10th, but the I'll be too late to catch the peak in most the areas I'm visiting the week I'm out there wandering around. Oh well.


If you are near Zion in later October, you'll get a nice show. Peak tends to be a little later towards the end of October, but the cottonwoods and maples look great against the red rock, and should be fine in the middle of the month. Hope to see some photos!
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:18 am

seems the peak is earlier this year than the last few. when was the peak 30 years ago? :?
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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby Say yes to crack » Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:35 am

North Lake 10-5-10

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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby Tanngrisnir3 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:47 pm

Say yes to crack wrote:North Lake 10-5-10

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Argh!!!!!! I was JUST at North Lake last weekend and just heard about the snow, thinking I'd make it back up there this weekend, but it looks like the leaves will be gone. Nice shots, btw.

This was last Sunday Morning.....

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Re: Fall Colors?

Postby goldenhopper » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:46 am

butitsadryheat wrote:This has always been a good site to track where they are popping

http://www.calphoto.com/fall.htm



You would know ghey leaf boy! :wink: :D

Heading up to the hills this weekend, I'll snap a few shots.
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