From Bishop we started the morning be heading straight to Mono Lake. According to Wikipedia
“Mono Lake is a large, shallow salinesoda lake in Mono County, California, 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!
We worked our way back south taking the June Lake Loop. More great color!
We finished the day with spur-of-the-moment turn up McGee Creek road. It was mostly gravel. But, the scene was spectacular!
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!
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.
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?
Up early on Day 2. Headed up Pine Creek, on to Rock Creek with a quit run up to Convict Lake to scope it out for the next mornings sunrise shoot.
The first thing you come to when you turn up the road to Pine Creek…Very photogenic… Then the road juste get’s better… And Better… Short stop along Pine Creek and we are on our way to Rock Creek… You head up Rock Creek out of Tom’s Place, just off Highway 395 and it didn’t take long to get into the swing of things… Great Color!!
The first day out we needed most of the early morning to get our camp in Bishop organized. So, we focused on one area today…The Bishop Creek Canyon. The road heads straight west out of Bishop and works its way up through typically beautiful Eastern Sierra wilderness. On Bishop Creek road you can head straight up to lake Sabrina at the end of the road. You can take side trips to North Lake and South Fork. We focused on the main road to Sabrina.
At 8,000 and up feet the Aspen were in all their fall glory. As expected, at the highest elevations the leaves were nearing their “Use-by-date” and yellow was turning to orange and some browning. All, in all, our timing couldn’t have been better. First fall color sightings… Best view of the canyon heading into Aspendell… The shot everyone gets just short of Sabrina… Nothing like Aspen turning with the sun back lighting them… Follow our track on Day 1…
Tomorrow we’ll head north up Highway 395. there are many options along the way. Stay tuned!