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Fall Colors

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.

Autumn Leaves

Yellow leafed trees surrounded by green


Fallen leaves in a clearing between aspens and evergreens


A tight grouping of thin aspen trunks


Aspens and blue sky


Red bushes and dry grass reflected in a stream


Tall yellow leafed tree at a bend in 2 lane road


Fall colors reflect in a mountain stream


A mountain stream reflects the blue sky and orange trees


Evergreens, rocks and fall colors


Blue sky, rocky mountain peak, evergreens and bright orange-yellow topped trees


A V of yellow trees among evergreens


Fall color and distant mountains


Backlit cattails


Close up of orange leaves

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