Fall in the Eastern Sierra, 2014

Within The Aspen Grove, 2014

In California, we don’t have the dazzling spectacle of fall color as they do on the East Coast, but on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, we have Aspen trees. This year, because of the severe drought and the long hot summer, the Aspens turned color a bit early, and some of the leaves shriveled up and turned brown instead of their usual brilliant hues.

So, when I arrived in Lee Vining last weekend, I found that I was a little late to the party. Many of the groves were past their prime and had already lost a lot of their foliage. However, I found that I preferred the trees this way, with their stark, white bones creating ample opportunity for interesting compositions.

I made this photograph inside a massive grove of Aspens near Rush Creek, where the fall color was still near its prime.

2 Comment

  1. Hi Charlotte. Wonderful picture. We love going back to the New England area during the fall season to see the colors changing. Looks like we don’t have to go that far for our next viewing. Thanks for sharing what you see through your artistic eye….Ace

    1. charlottegibb says: Reply

      Thanks, Ace! Yes, Yosrmite Valley is just now starting to get some fall color. Wish I was still up there!

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