They said the fall color was gone in the Eastern Sierra, so last weekend Roma and I went out to see for ourselves.
It’s not quite as bright as it has been in the last month, but there are still some beautiful spots left around Round Valley, Buckley Ponds, and Bishop.
We started the weekend at some ponds near Millpond and around Round Valley. We’ve done several photos from these ponds before and it’s always a great spot to get reflections with Mt. Tom and the surrounding high desert.
The ponds there are tough to see and not many people know they’re there. They were created at an old ranch property and they’re full of water right now, at a time when there’s not much water to be found in the valley. There are some healthy-looking aspens in the pond that look like they just became partially covered in water. There was nothing in there a month ago. We hit it just right.
The next trip was out to the east side of Bishop for our second trip to Buckley Ponds in the the last few weeks. Here are some shots from the first trip, when the colors and sunset were incredible.
Enjoy the photos, have fun skiing, and come back soon.
Here are the ponds with the aspens, near Millpond.
There’s what’s left of our lunch.
There were several cars and people in front of those trees so I got down into a hole to get them out of the foreground.
Here’s a fun creek crossing near Millpond.
This is a remnant of an underground water system for one of the ranches that was out near Millpond.
There’s Round Valley Road going towards Wheeler Ridge.
Here’s Pine Creek, right by the Round Valley School.
I saw these deer run across the road and jump over a fence to get into the pasture. It was just dusk, but we still got a good shot of them.
Here’s the beginning of the day along the canal and at Buckley Ponds.
The trees are still hanging on out there.
We ran across the bee hives out near the airport road. That’s where we get our local honey.
If you look closely at the sky, you can see the bees swarming above the hives.
There are the coots (mud hens) at Buckley Ponds.