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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby SSSdave » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:21 pm

Much colder storm now set to bear down on the Sierra Friday night into early next week also making for very gusty conditions. Storm is more an inside slider into the Nevada Great Basin so there is not apt to be much precip south of I80 unless forecast changes occur. I can handle the cold but avoid windy conditions so will bail on a 2-day road trip this weekend and instead will hope to get a 3-day trip in the following weekend. Pretty futile trying to take highly detailed tree and leaf images with winds moving everything. OK for pun web sized pics. Also if it snows, leaves atop snow can be nice for closeups, but not worth a long road trip for just that. More likely to cause leaf color damage than the last storm.



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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:21 pm

Oh well there goes my weekend jaunt to the woods.
I saw the snow and the wind in the forecast, and like Dave, I can handle the cold but
wind is a photographers worst enemy.
Hopefully the lower elevation leaves will survive without to much damage though I am not
banking on it.
I will be honest in that our fall colors are pretty weak when compared to that of the
East, though the mountains are a nice touch here, but Conn, NH, Vermont, Maine are
just so much more colorful.
I have looked at several hundred photo's made in the Sierra, and though some very nice
they just do not speak to me as the ones from the East coast.
When I was in the Marines I did a Fall color road trip while stationed in North Carolina
back in the 80's, up and down the coast for 12 days, and I have never seen anything that
comes remotely close that, I guess I got spoiled.
I hope to make a road trip out east next year to quench my yearning for some fall colors.
Two things I miss from the Sierra is wildlife and fall colors, otherwise it is the perfect
place for me.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby The Other Tom » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:37 pm

maverick wrote: I will be honest in that our fall colors are pretty weak when compared to that of the
East, though the mountains are a nice touch here, but Conn, NH, Vermont, Maine are
just so much more colorful.
I have looked at several hundred photo's made in the Sierra, and though some very nice
they just do not speak to me as the ones from the East coast.

I hope to make a road trip out east next year to quench my yearning for some fall colors.
Two things I miss from the Sierra is wildlife and fall colors, otherwise it is the perfect
place for me.

Hey Maverick, just to whet your appetite....
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby maverick » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:01 pm

Hi Tom

I have not been there, but I have seen some great fall colors in Great Smokey NP.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby John Dittli » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:45 pm

We were just up Bishop Creek today. Still some nice color up at the lakes but the freeze is burning many of the leaves. Still a lot of green lower in the canyons though.

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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby fishmonger » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:47 am

September 19, Sawmill Meadow below Sawmill Pass - about as fall-colored as thing got during that week up there

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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby John Dittli » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:08 pm

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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby rlown » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:00 pm

I'm not sure if this counts as "Fall photography", but at 7150' in the Trinity's at Ward lake on 9/28-9/29, we got an inch of snow over two days:

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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby mountaineer » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:24 pm

Just returned today from a four-day trip to the east side. Covered nearly every canyon from Bridgeport to Lone Pine. Absolutely nothing from Lee Vining north save for very few yellows in Lundy Canyon. Virgina Lakes was mostly green. Twin Lakes was a big bummer, barely starting to turn a few yellows. The first decent color I found was June Lake loop. Probably a few days away from peak. The road to Sabrina had some decent color but Sabrina itself had already shed. McGee Creek was just a few yellows, mostly green. Rock Creek was weird, a few greens and yellows but some trees completely missing leaves, go figure. Not one single yellow leaf was to be found in Whitney Portal.

Basically, from Lee Vining north it is at least 1-2 weeks away from peak. Lee Vining south is at least a few days to 1+ weeks away. Even the Parker Lake road area was a complete bore.

Of course, the storm blowing in the next few days will change all those predictions dramatically.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby SSSdave » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:30 pm

Thanks Mountaineer, that makes me feel better now about not giving into my restlessness and wasting gas and weekend time. Everything pointed to what you reported so I stayed home yet another weekend. If few people are offering reports of any type during the peak fall period, one can be sure its because it sukks about everywhere because there are always a lot of people out regardless of reports. If it was worthy, some of them would likely chime in. And of course the few reports last week like those from Inge were rather negative. I'm still hoping to get out if I hear some positiive enough. There is a long range forecast that a weak storm may brush the area next weekend, and that would be fine in order to get better diffuse lighting from clouds. Pretty soon the Pacific dogwood ought to start showing color in west slope areas like Big Trees.
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby mountaineer » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:41 pm

I think the weather was still in the 80's over there into late September. Not enough cold nights yet I suppose. I camped on the side of the mountain south of Parker Lake and it was 17 degrees in the morning just as the sun came up. The gallon jugs of water in my car froze solid. Had to boil ice to get enough water to brush my teeth. The cold weather is definitely in full swing NOW! :)
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Re: Anyone get out for any Fall photography yet?

Postby Hikin Mike » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:46 pm

mountaineer wrote:Just returned today from a four-day trip to the east side. Covered nearly every canyon from Bridgeport to Lone Pine. Absolutely nothing from Lee Vining north save for very few yellows in Lundy Canyon. Virgina Lakes was mostly green. Twin Lakes was a big bummer, barely starting to turn a few yellows. The first decent color I found was June Lake loop. Probably a few days away from peak. The road to Sabrina had some decent color but Sabrina itself had already shed. McGee Creek was just a few yellows, mostly green. Rock Creek was weird, a few greens and yellows but some trees completely missing leaves, go figure. Not one single yellow leaf was to be found in Whitney Portal.

Basically, from Lee Vining north it is at least 1-2 weeks away from peak. Lee Vining south is at least a few days to 1+ weeks away. Even the Parker Lake road area was a complete bore.

Of course, the storm blowing in the next few days will change all those predictions dramatically.


Glad to hear I guess, since I was going to go there last week, but decided against it since I was alone and my wife didn't know were I was. I just drove Tioga road instead and saw nothing.
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