Eastern Sierra Fall Colors…Day 5

Eastern Sierra Fall Colors…Day 5

Here’s our Day 5 Track…

 

From Bishop we started the morning be heading straight to Mono Lake.  According to Wikipedia

“Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono CountyCalifornia, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.  This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp.  The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika’a people derived nutrition from the pupae of the alkali flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds.”

Mono Lake never disappoints!

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We worked our way back south taking the June Lake Loop. More great color!

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We finished the day with spur-of-the-moment turn up McGee Creek road. It was mostly gravel. But, the scene was spectacular!

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Eastern Sierra Fall Colors…Day 4

Eastern Sierra Fall Colors…Day 4

Day 4 was a nighttime affair.  The goal was to head away from the lights of Bishop to try our hand at photographing the Milky Way.

Great location…Great results…

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Eastern Sierra Fall Colors…Day 3

Eastern Sierra Fall Colors…Day 3

You can our our track for the day…

 

Day 3 started early.  We headed to Convict lake to catch the sunrise.  Not only did we catch the sunrise, we had a near-full moon setting over the far hills as the sun was rising.  We couldn’t ask for more!

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Next stop was Lundy Lake. We heard the colors were just starting. But, as soon as we turned up the road, we knew we were in for a real show.

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Last stop for the day was Conway Summit…just a little further north. As you round the first bend the fall color scene overlooked Mono Lake. What more could you ask for?

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Olympic National Part, Part 3

Olympic National Part, Part 3

The third personality of Olympic National Park is her amazingly rugged seashore. From our camp in Forks, Washington, it was a 20 drive west Beach 1, Beach 2 and Beach 3. The naming isn’t too original, but the beaches are typical of the whole coast.

A harbor channel runs through Beach 1. And it’s not the prettiest channel. However, on the opposite shore of the channel a couple of Bald Eagles and their kids were working the area. It takes a few years for the youngsters to grow into the classic Bald Eagle plumage.

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One adult circled, while the other tended the nursery…
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Like most kids these two squabbled about everything…
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The seagulls were just hangin’ out…
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We skipped Beach 2 in favor of hiking to Beach 3 where we would find Strawberry Falls at the end of beach…

 

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Halfway along Beach 3 you have to work your way around a landslide that brought down a sizable bit of the cliffside…
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In the same area of Beaches 1, 2 and 3 is Rialto Beach. The fog added a special touch to the whole thing…
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A trip to the area has to include a trip up to Cape Flattery…


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