Gallimaufry – Bloggers’ Report

Now and then, we look at what other bloggers are writing about California Fall Color (all of whose links are in the Blogroll at left) … here’s a summary of the latest…

75 – 100% – McGee Creek Canyon, Eastern Sierra – One Horse Studio photographer and blogger Greg Boyer reports McGee Creek should be at prime this weekend, though is starting to see the June Lake Loop just past peak.  The lower areas leading to Convict Lake are glowing.

75 – 100% – Quincy, Plumas County – Black Oak Naturalist Joe Willis reports seeing red maple in Quincy.  Joe is an advocate of looking down and finding natural treasures along the landscape… things you might not otherwise notice, like unusual fungi, insects and critters.

75 – 100% – Antelope Lake, Plumas County – Virtual Drive color spotter Richard McCutcheon gets out and about gorgeous Plumas County on his quad, finding wonderful color and providing a virtual drive of the fall color in his area.  Richard’s latest drive took him to Antelope Lake where auburn trees are flickering among the gold.

Dogwood Near Valley View, Yosemite Valley (10/21/11) © 2011 Michael Frye

30 – 50% – Yosemite Valley – Photographer Michael Frye shows through his photography that fall color need not be shot at peak to be impressive.  His delicate photographs of mist, turning leaves and reflections in Yosemite Valley’s Merced River are threaded with emotion and take you deep into the moment.  Michael says there’s been little color in Yosemite Valley so far, though he estimates 60% of the bigleaf maple have turned completely yellow in the Valley.  CFC predicts the next three weeks will be increasingly beautiful in the Valley.  CLICK HERE to visit Michael Frye’s blog and see more of his exceptional photographs.

Photo tip: When in Yosemite Valley, stop at Fern Spring upon entering the Valley from Hwy 120 or 140, at any turnout along the Merced River for pink to rose dogwood and  near Yosemite Village for orange leaves on black oaks.  For the sharpest photos, shoot all pictures on a tripod.  In low light, use your camera’s timer to take the picture so that you’re not pressing the shutter, which can move the camera and blur the image.