Early Fall at Virginia Lakes

Last weekend I made a long overdue excursion to Mono County, my favorite part of the world that’s an easy half-day drive from home. The east side of the Sierra Nevada provides some of California’s most colorful fall foliage — mostly aspen trees and willow bushes, bright yellow with the occasional hint of orange. October is the time to go see it. My first stop: Virginia Lakes, at the headwaters of Virginia Creek, in Toiyabe National Forest.

Aspens, Dunderberg Peak, and Virginia Lake

It’s been a dry summer here and warm until just last week, so the fall foliage displays are off to an uneven start and it won’t be a great year. But autumn, in any year, is my favorite time in these mountains.

Looking north across Red Lake to Dunderberg Peak

Red Lake, like all the others in this area, fills a small basin scooped out by Pleistocene glaciers.

Willows crawl up the slopes toward Black Peak from Red Lake

Looking up the canyon from Virginia Lake

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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One Response to Early Fall at Virginia Lakes

  1. Gorgeous photos, such a stunning area that i’d love to see one day! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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