Fall colors yet?

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Post by ifernau » Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:23 pm

Bishop Creek only has a few spots with color left as of today 10/7. The Aspen at North Lake are bare or have black leaves. Everything above Aspendell is done. Aspendell and Cardinal pond still have some color. Still they also have some black leaves.

The area around Bishop Creek Lodge still has color, but also some black leaves. Anything past the Mountain Glen Campground is bare or has ugly black leaves.

I was really shocked today to see this many trees with black leaves. The snow, the cold and the wind really did a job.

I was going to be content with shooting colorful leaves on the ground, but that not happening either.


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Post by mountaineer » Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:40 pm

How is lower Rock Creek along the trail?

How about the Lower Owens area? I couldn't get time off until the 19th and I am wondering if any colors will be left anywhere.

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Post by hikerduane » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:23 am

That sure is early for the leaves to drop.

Dave, only a little dusting of snow here. Early snows and late season snow with leaves on trees still sure takes its toll. I lost 10' off the top of my most beautiful fall color maple last year. Over half its height gone. I had to pick my apples, the bears were breaking off limbs to get to the apples.
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Post by Bob B » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:40 am

ifernau, thanks for the update. Wow, I'm bummed. I think I'll still go, but I guess hikes down the lower elevations of the creek will be in order. I'll post shots when I get back.

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Post by ifernau » Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:21 pm

mountaineer wrote:How is lower Rock Creek along the trail?

How about the Lower Owens area? I couldn't get time off until the 19th and I am wondering if any colors will be left anywhere.
I have not been to the lower rock creek, but will try to check it out tomorrow. I am in Bishop until Sunday 10/14 hence with the leaves past peak in the upper elevation I have more time to travel around the lower parts.
Round Valley looks really good with the trees turning bright yellow.
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Post by Snow Nymph » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:14 pm

There was some color along the 120, by Sagehen Peak (9,191'), but even that got snow. Image

I was passing by the June Lake Loop Friday and noticed color on the hills so I drove the Parker Lake road, then the June Lake Loop in a storm. My camera was doing wierd things, and I ended up deleting over 50 photos (too dark to save)

Parker Lake road:
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Parker Lake road:
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June Lake Loop:
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Road day trip on Fri, 5 Oct 2007: http://snownymph.smugmug.com/gallery/3610657#205548758
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Post by ifernau » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:55 pm

Tuesday 10/9 - Well there is color left in the Eastern Sierra. First though leaves were blowing across the streets and trails today – windy.
Lower Rock Creek Road/Trail has a few stands at peak and others are still green. The trail along the lower Rock Creek goes into some groves that are ablaze. I spotted very few brown/black leaves. It must have not been that cold down in this canyon.
Hilton Creek Trail is at peak and absolute gorgeous even with a few brown leaves.
Aspens between Four Jeffery Campground and Mountain Glen Campground (South Fork Bishop Creek) are putting on a show despite of the black leaves.
One grove before Aspendell is still very nice and Aspendell is turning more yellow.
The first 4 miles of Rock Creek Canyon (a little past Big Meadow campground) has lots of color with some of the stands still green.
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Post by mountaineer » Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:34 pm

Thanks for the reports...I still have a glimmer of hope for the 19th-21st.

Nymph..this is an outstanding shot...I love it!
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Post by Snow Nymph » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:13 am

Thanks, Jody! The colors out there were awesome, but it was getting dark. Should have gotten there earlier!

My camera was acting up, so I lost a lot of photos. I think I need a new one. I've got two S80s now that need to go to the shop, and I'm using the S70 for now. :(
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Post by mountaineer » Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:19 pm

The reason I like that one so much is the dreary, forboding storm clouds...in contrast with the brilliant fall colors. I think it makes a more unique shot than the typical bright colors illuminated by sunlight.

Parker Lake Rd....are you talking about the dirt road for us mere mortals to access the trail that allows us to hike in over the ridge or the road that the rich folks use to get up there?

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