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Painted Forest


Sierra Fall Color 15 ©2009,wolf dietrich

The Fall Colors of the Sierras are magnificent. From the yellow leafed Quacking Aspen to the reddish brown shrubs and grasses, the mountains are painted with color. My favorite annual trip to photograph these awe inspiring colors is along Highway 88, from Silver Lake, over Carson Pass into Hope Valley. From Hope Valley to Markleyville and over Monitor Pass to Lee Vining. This is one photographic adventure that requires at least a few days to enjoy and photograph. There is so much beautiful color and if luck will have it, a few clouds in the sky.

Just West of Carson Pass, Capels Lake is surrounded by steep mountainsides and canyons. The thick Aspen forest and large granite boulders create a scene thet appears almost painterly. The twisted Aspen trunks, colorful leaves, shrubery and boulders take on the look of a sketched watercolor or etching. This image is phenomenal on watercolor paper.

Printed at 12 x 18 inches, and matted and framed to 18 x 24 inches, this image is truly a wonderful capture of this beautiful scene.