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Where to See Eastern Sierra Fall Color

Golden leaves

Fall Scenery in the Eastern Sierra - A dirt road makes its way past undulating aspens in fall foliage on the way to a beaver pond and Lundy Lake. Lundy Lake is located 45 miles north of Mammoth Lakes and is a favorite spot for photographers.

Standing in the golden corridor of Lundy Lake Road, a tunnel of crooked aspens with dancing yellow leaves leads me toward the lake. Dark mountains skirted with fall color are reflected in the polished surface and a hint of woodsmoke is further proof that it is indeed fall. Autumn speaks in joyous warm tones full of life. But the musty smell of decaying leaves bespeaks of winter and the death of the year. More...

A Drive Through Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Death Valley's Titus Canyon - The eastern sky changed from black to a deep, dark blue as we passed over the eastern ridge of the valley. The barren mountain ranges came into focus along with the realization of the great expanses of emptiness. We stopped at the pass, got out of the car and inhaled the crisp morning air. Behind us a lonely meandering set of headlights could be seen from a distant car descending into the valley from the other side. A brisk breeze brought the scent of salt from the evaporated lakes ahead of us. We watched as the sky changed to lighter hues of blue as the sun approached the summit of an easterly mountain range. This Death Valley sunrise rivaled any sunrise that I had seen before in its display of pastels, color changing hues and magnificence. More...

Moon Valley

Wall of Moon Valley

Tracking a Desert Spirit - The wash skirted thick brush and gently rose into rock that soon towered straight up on both sides of us. By this time my eyes didn't stray from the soft little footmark on the sand in front of me. My brain was fuzzy, my panic grew silently.
I walked into Mason's backpack. Mason had stopped.

The footsteps turned to the right at a clearing, led unhesitatingly into a rock wall, and disappeared.

I looked around the clearing. There were no other prints.

I slapped my jaw shut.

"He didn't even slow down." Mason said. He paused for a long time, then unhitched his backpack and slung it to the ground. More...

Hyla arenicolor

Canyon Treefrog

Canyon Treefrogs - Shaped like suction cups, the toe pads have tiny divisions that spread apart and enable the frogs to gain a better grip on surfaces. The last two bones of each toe have extra cartilage segments between them, enabling the frogs to swivel their toe and place it flat against a surface. Their long legs also allow them to make sizeable leaps.

Treefrogs, like other frogs, have a unique respiratory system. They use their lungs for breathing but also utilize a cutaneous respiration system to supply oxygen to their body. Air is drawn in through the moist skin via blood vessels that lie just below the skin surface. This enables the frog to stay submerged while avoiding predators. More...

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