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A collection of late October color in Nevada and California’s eastern Sierra foothills.
These photographs are the result of a day trip of about 220 miles from Sparks NV, past Lake Tahoe’s South Shore and continuing south to Hope Valley at the intersection of highways 88 and 89.
A few of the images were from just above Hope Valley — the blanket of leaves covering the ground under the aspens, grouped trunks and looking up. Yesterday, October 27, was a little late this year for the best color in Hope Valley, but driving highway 88 and 89 to US 395 there was still color along the West and East Forks of the Carson River.
With elevations reaching above 8,000 feet, some of this route is not plowed in winter so may not be passable for much longer, possibly today as it snowed last night with reports of 10 – 14 inches in Truckee.
I added a couple of shots from my neighborhood in Sparks NV for variety. The cattails are a 5 minute walk from my front door, the tree with the orange leaves is across the street.
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