Fall Color in The Eastern Sierra

Every fall, for the past three years, I drove up to the town, Bishop personally to see the fall colors in the Eastern Sierra.  It wasn’t exceptional this year, and I hoped this time  that the fall foliage  should be better than previous years after significantly rains dropped over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the past winter and spring. According to scientific study, the amount of moisture in the soil also affects autumn colors. A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights should produce the most brilliant autumn colors.

This time, I joined our members of amateur photo club, and we stayed at a campsite in Bishop from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9. For this trip, my mom  and younger brother joined too. We left home by 7:00 in the morning, and arrived that campsite by 1:00 in the afternoon. After having brief lunch, we took route 168, and headed to the Lake Sabrina  which sits on 9128 feet elevation.


Aspen Tree Foliage in Lake Sabrina Rd., Bishop, CA

It was Saturday afternoon, and crowded with many visitors. Among the visitors are seasonal photographers alike us. The fall colors were a little bit passed the peak, but the Yellow Aspen Tree colors were still brilliant. Especially, on the lake Sabrina Road which next to the Bishop Creek was really good.


Lake Sabrina, Bishop, CA

Our next stop was the Intake II Lake, a couple of miles down of the Lake Sabrina. I was first time in the Intake II Lake, and it was a hidden jam which so beautiful. The scale of lake is a lot smaller than lake Sabrina, but was very photogenic lake.


Intake II Lake, Bishop, CA

We saw not only fall color watchers but also many people who enjoying trout fishing, someone on the deck and boat.


Next early morning, we headed to the Convict Lake which about 40 miles north on the highway 395 near the town of  Mammoth Lakes. We were expecting to taking beautiful sunrise photos. The reflection of Convict Lake at sunrise time is so beautiful and well-known  to the photographers. Here is the photo that I took that morning, and it is the best pick among the photos on this unforgettable trip to Easter Sierra.


The Convict Lake, Eastern Sierra, CA