I have just concluded a glorious week photographing fall color on the eastern Sierra. The Sierra Nevada is not necessarily known for its fall colors, but I am here to tell you that it might just be one of the finest venues anywhere...if you know where to go. When one thinks fall color he thinks of New England or Colorado, without argue great places. But the eastern Sierra can be just as spectacular even if one has to look a little harder. The place to go is along the U.S. 395 corridor from Lone Pine to Gardnerville. Just driving that highway though is not enough. One needs to leave the highway and penetrate the canyons that lead off into the mountains, e.g., Bishop Creek, Rock Creek, Convict Canyon, June Lake Loop, Mammoth, Conway Summit, Highway 108 over Sonora Pass, and many others. Most of these places are easily accessible by passenger car. In these locations one will find color to rival anyplace in the U.S.
This is kind of like home to me. I grew up in western Nevada on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Many a summer was spent in the Sonora Pass area camping and fishing. I followed those early experiences by backpacking the Tahoe to Whitney trail which includes the John Muir Trail. When eventually my interests turned to photography my knowledge of these mountains paid off big time in knowing where to go to capture spectacular scenics. I no longer backpack but still enjoy being close to these mountains and talking about some of the great places in the back country. And, of course, the color is but an added bonus.
The images loaded so far are just a beginning. I have much editing to do and will add other images as time goes on for the next month or so. Keep checking back.