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Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:36 pm

I was thinking about doing a run next weekend, by all accounts things should be peaking
next weekend, if, and this is a big if anything is left after this storm coming in on Monday
from the Gulf of Alaska leaves any leaves on the trees!



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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby SteveB » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:30 pm

Wow, already??!! Up here around Tahoe the change has barely started. I was hoping to run out to the Carson/Iceberg area south of Tahoe this weekend to see how it's coming along. It's been warmer than usual this year compared to last five that I've lived in Reno, so the usual groves aren't turning very fast.

Let us know how it looks out there, Mav! I'm hoping to get down to the east side next weekend or the week after.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:03 am

Well todays NOAA forcast has revised it's forecast and it looks as though the predicted
storm will not be affecting us, though temps will be dropping.
Hopefully things will stay calm for next week so the leaves can reach there peaks colors
by the weekend.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby SSSdave » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:39 pm

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I entertained that thought for the current weekend but unlike the last few years when I wasn't tied down with a job and could stay all week, the idea of making that long drive from the SF Bay Area over to the eastside for just the weekend was unappealing. Would have been a two day whirlwind tour under boring sunny skies, while spending $100 just for gas, and ending up very road weary. Inge sent a post to calphoto with a link that pretty much summed up the conditions as ho hum. For the experienced during the early period as this weekend, there are good though obscure places to visit well away from roads in the higher areas. But I'd rather work those spots over several days. In any case, the next couple weekends beyond are likely to be peak aspen conditions so I plan to ask my boss for either a Friday or Monday in order to make a road trip more worthwhile. In this sudden age of the Internet, there are 100 times as many leaf peepers and photographers with tripods roaming about the usual places like the Bishop Creek roads or Lundy as there were just a decade ago. Amazing how things have changed.

http://www.davidsenesac.com/Fall_2007/fall_2007.html
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:22 am

Hi Dave

I saw Inge's post, quit a day starting at 2 am.
I may go up Sat-Mon, hitting Lundy the first day and then down south, I am hoping
some more reports will be posted at the beginning of this coming week and then
as the week progresses so I can finalize my itinerary.
I am also wishing to go to Hope Valley before I go to the big island in the middle of Oct
if I have the time.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby SteveB » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:28 pm

I hit the Hope Valley/Charity Valley area today, and the fall change is hit or miss right now. Goldens are positively bursting around Sorenson's, but elsewhere it's very, very patchy. The usual show in Hope Valley hasn't started yet, although there are a couple small batches of trees that are yellow. Also just starting to turn up near Heenan Lake. Not much happening out in the Markleeville area. All in all I give the Hope Valley/Charity Valley areas a 3/10 right now. No reds at all, and flashy goldens only in the small groves around Sorenson's.

Drove up 89 out of Truckee yesterday, and it's pretty much not started yet. Maybe a 2/10, and that's generous.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby will_jrob » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:38 am

Have you checked this website: http://www.CaliforniaFallColor.com
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:07 pm

Thanks SteveB on that update I was expecting to visit that area around Oct 10th which
may be perfect barring any big storm.
Hi will-jrob I did not see that site, but it pretty much puts this coming weekend as
possibly the best time to go do a road trip, especially after the colder temps hitting
the area for the next couple of days should turn the leaves nicely.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby ifernau » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:21 pm

Here is a link to my report:
http://ifernau.blogspot.com/2009/09/eas ... er-23.html

Going on one more marathon drive in the AM, will most likely hit Bishop Creek again and then check out McGee Creek.

Sorry I have been absend from the board.

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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:42 am

Hi Inge

Looking forward to your report on the Bishop Creek area, especially after this cold
spell.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby calipidder » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:20 am

I just got back from three days of fall color photography and fishing - posted a quick n dirty report to my blog last night:

http://calipidder.com/wp/2009/09/easter ... rs-update/

There is still a lot of opportunity for color - lots of green - but the current windy weather may ruin those chances. Glad I got out when I did, that's for sure.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby SSSdave » Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:09 pm

calipidder wrote:...There is still a lot of opportunity for color - lots of green - but the current windy weather may ruin those chances. Glad I got out when I did, that's for sure.


At this stage of fall, windy cool storms such as the one moving through today won't do much damage to all the mid and lower elevations areas of green and slightly yellow aspens. It is mainly the higher areas, especially those exposed to winds that will suffer. Even at the higher areas like North Lake, from reports I've seen, there are still areas in wetter areas like the road tunnel that have barely changed. When a tree undergoes leaf color changes the petioles (tiny branch) between leaf blade and branch weaken in strength as their water transport path narrows and dries. That is why such leaves can be blown off far more easily than green leaves. Generally trees on wetter sites at given elevations change later than nearby trees at the same elevation on drier sites. Of course trees on wetter sites also tend to be taller and often have more colorful leaf displays. Such tree areas won't be too affected. What can really ruin a fall season is the arrival of especially cold air below 20F degrees. A few years ago one such record cold storm hit during the first week of October and temps got down in the single digits and within two days many green trees in lower groves went directly to brown and what color was left in trees were dull colors. In other words not only does cold cause brown spotting but also diminishes the wonderful translucent brilliance one can best see when leaves are backlit.

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