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Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Going, Going…

… and soon gone, especially if you are looking for aspens.

I follow a bunch of reports on the net (including the Calphoto fall color report) and it is clear from the reports and my own visits over the past few weeks that the aspen show in the eastern Sierra is for the most part over – although there are scattered reports of a few good groves here and there, mostly at lower altitudes and some further north in the range.

What’s left? While the aspens are my primary interest in early October, there are other spectacular subjects elsewhere. I especially like some of the lowland trees and meadows/pastures in the valleys east of the Sierra, Owens Valley in particular. The area just north of Bishop (Round Valley?) nestles up against a steep portion of the eastern Sierra escarpment and features beautiful pastures and trees that were just turning last week.

The lower country in the western foothills also begins to provide some great color this time of year. Oaks and dogwoods are starting to turn. (As I drove out of Yosemite after dark last weekend I could see that there were some extensive groves of colorful dogwoods.) I love visiting Yosemite Valley around the last weekend of October or possibly the first weekend of November when the colors there are spectacular. (I have a hunch that erring on the early side will be a good idea this year.)

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October 13, 2007 - Posted by | Commentary, Sierra Nevada

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