Eastern Sierra Fall Color

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View of Lundy Lake lined with fall color.

I know, I know. A little late with this. But even now, in the third week of October, there are spots in California’s Eastern Sierra where autumn has painted groves of aspen, cottonwood and willows vibrant yellow, orange and red. Some experts say that there have been more reds in the Sierra this season….the result of warm, sunny days and cool nights that trapped sugar in the trees’ leaves and helped release red-pigmented anthocyanin. The color started early this year; we even saw aspens turning in mid-August. There’s a good fall color explainer on this Yosemite National Park page. These shots are from the second week of October. An early snowstorm before we got there improved our photo opps even more.

Here are more pix from our October trip:

Aspens turned bright yellow along the north side of Convict Lake in October.
Aspens turned bright yellow along the north side of Convict Lake in October.
Alpenglow lights the peaks as the moon rises along the McGee Creek Trail in October.
Alpenglow lights the peaks as the moon rises along the McGee Creek Trail in October.
Brook trout caught in McGee Creek on a No. 14 Pheasant Tail nymph.
Brook trout the colors of autumn caught in McGee Creek on a No. 14 Pheasant Tail nymph.
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