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Fall Photography 2014

Postby maverick » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:50 pm

Many trees will be showing or already showing stress due to the drought. The
lack of rain may lead to an earlier retreat of chlorophyll.
What this may mean is that our Sierra Fall Colors may show up even early this
year. Don't be surprised. ;)
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby SSSdave » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:24 am

Over the holiday, Sunday August 31, 2014 in 20 Lakes Basin. Cottony white catkin seeds of arctic willow, salix arctica. A6000 with SEL1655 zoom at 30 degrees, 5100x3200 pixels, f14 2 image focus stack merged. Despite the drought and maybe because of the earlier monsoon, most of the arctic willow was only at early to seed stage with color changes likely more prominent mid September that is relatively late.

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Near the end of Saddlebag Lake, Monday September 1, 2014, bright backlit red hued dwarf bilberry, vaccinium caespitosum, with some yellowing arctic willow, A6000 with SEL1655 zoom at 27 degrees, 5100x3200 pixels, f14 2 image focus stack merged. The bilberry was likewise somewhat behind usual color change. Adobe CS6 auto blend function does a fine job finding sharper areas of focus stacked blended images on downward oblique closeups like this. Additionally traditionally more difficult 3-dimensional closeups that are of course common with plant subjects, makes the alternative using a pricy tilt lens a technological dinosaur.

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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby phenocryst » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:34 am

Driving to South Lake yesterday I noticed fall colors getting started above Bishop Creek Lodge, especially the slopes below and around the Tyee trailhead. Lots of golden aspens among the green and willows starting to turn, too. The last couple nights have been notably chillier... so it's underway.
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby maverick » Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:28 pm

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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby Buford » Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:02 pm

Fall colors and fresh snow on the peaks this weekend made for some great scenery. Areas near North and South lakes were stunning.
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:41 pm

Thanks for the links Peter...bookmarked!

My wife just told me our kids are off October 16 & 17, so we booked a room in Lee Vining that weekend...just in case. May camp out at Convict Lake for one night instead of a motel.
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby SSSdave » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:31 pm

The lack of any reports outside Bishop Creek is a good indication other roadside areas to the north are at probably still lime green. Thus am expecting this season to roll out slowly maybe due to all the summer rains. Would expect some of the higher areas up north like below Mt. Wood on the Parker Bench are already turning especially given the storm earlier this week as are higher groves below Dunderberg. There are actually good numbers of secret aspen grove areas away from roads at higher elevations, out of sight, out of mind that few leaf seeking people know about. For example along the creek up on the bench below Gibbs Lake.

http://www.californiafallcolor.com/tag/bishop-creek/

http://www.parchersresort.net/fallcolor.htm
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby SSSdave » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:33 pm

By next weekend (Oct 10/11) weather pattern change may provide more usable weather for understory work during our 2014 fall leaf season. So looks like another weekend pointing at sand and stones along the ocean and then maybe some short notice PTO later during the workweek.

NWS Reno 10/6:

BY MONDAY BOTH THE GFS AND ECMWF SHOW ANOTHER STRONG LOW DEVELOPING
IN THE GULF OF ALASKA. THAT WOULD BE A BETTER PATTERN FOR BRINGING
INCREASED WINDS, WITH POSSIBLE PRECIPITATION INTO THE SIERRA AND
WESTERN NEVADA NEXT WEEK. TOLBY
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby KathyW » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:13 pm

The leaves were still pretty in Lee Vining Canyon and Warren Canyon (better in Lee Vining Canyon). I wasn't really leaf peeping, but I took a few photos while up in that area (leaves are at the end of the album):

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California ... en-101214/
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby RooPhillip » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:56 am

Mineral King this past Wednesday.

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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby SSSdave » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:35 pm

Nice images in Mineral King! Marmots and Pikas be making last days tweaking to their dried vegetation insulation and bed piles in their dark talus homes.

Yesterday aborted an 11-day fall leaf trip to Zion and southern Utah I was reading for the week after receiving reports from a friend that leaf change probably due to the drought is unusual, with trees on dry sites subpar, and is likely to be late. Actually have not done any leaf work at all this autumn as conditions haven't excited me enough to make the long drive.

Instead the first real winter storm of the season is likely to move across the full Siera Nevada by the end of this coming week with a snow level just below giant sequoia grove elevations. That means a possible uncommon opportunity to capture the big trees with dogwood leaf change and an illuminated by fresh snow understory.
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Re: Fall Photography 2014

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:09 am

We did a road trip - Twin Lakes out of Bridgport, McGee Creek, Convict Lake, South Lake and Whitney Portal. All those areas still have color, but it appeared to be past-prime. There were a few individual groves still pretty brilliant, but many groves have most leaves fallen. It is quite dry so not much other vegetation greenery left. The sage brush is quite silver right now, making nice foreground. Last weekend there were a lot of "leaf-peepers" out taking photos, particularly big crowds at Convict Lake and McGee Creek. McGee Creek and Four Jeffery Campgrounds were very colorful, but closed this weekend.

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