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Though Difficult, Look Down

Onion Valley Rd., Independence (10/11/18) Ursula Esser

Onion Valley Rd., Independence (10/11/18) Ursula Esser

We often advise, “Look down, not just up.”

That’s a difficult thing to do when you’re in the Eastern Sierra, as the mountains draw your attention up to them.

However, if you only look up, you miss the beauty to be seen down upon the high desert floor.

Ursula Esser sends these images of Onion Valley Road in the Owens Valley, with rabbitbrush, shrubs and boulders creating a fall palette of yellow, orange, sage, grey and auburn near Independence. 

Independence (3,930′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

Onion Valley Rd., Independence (10/11/18) Ursula Esser

Onion Valley Rd., Independence (10/11/18) Ursula Esser

Onion Valley Rd., Independence (10/11/18) Ursula Esser

One Last Flash

Eastern California Museum, Independence (11/16/12) Jon Klusmire

Jon Klusmire sends this snapshot of a tree whose orange and red leaves have survived recent storms and winds that stripped other nearby trees.

It stands beside the Eastern California Museum in Independence.  Splashes of color like this remain to be seen across the Eastern Sierra during one of the most beautiful and long-lasting autumns we’ve recorded.

California Fall Color ends its daily reporting on Thanksgiving Day, though postings will continue as color is reported across California.

Independence Begins To Glow

Black Cottonwood (9/24/12) Dennis Vance

0 – 15% – Independence (3,950′) – Independence resident and color spotter, Dennis Vance reports that Black Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa) at the community wood lot are starting to glow yellow-gold.

 

Black Cottonwood (9/24/12) Dennis Vance

Fremont cottonwood prefer desert oases, whereas black cottonwood are the mountain stream-hugging variety.  At elevations where they overlap, according to Paul McFarland of Friends of the Inyo, they form trees that mix the characteristics of each’s leaves.  Fremont cottonwood have triangular leaves, where black cottonwood have spearpoint shaped leaves.

Black Cottonwood (9/24/12) Dennis Vance