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Fall color along Mono Lake’s tributary streams

October 9th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake’s tributary streams are wondrous in every season. Right now their bright foliage runs like ribbons of fire from the folds of the Sierra all the way to the shores of Mono Lake.

Aspens are lighting up along Mono Lake's tributary streams. Photo from October 7, 2016 by Nora Livingston.

Aspens are lighting up along Mono Lake’s tributary streams. Photo from October 7, 2016 by Nora Livingston.

Dry for decades due to excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Mono Basin streams were rewatered and brought back to life thanks to the efforts of the Mono Lake Committee and other groups that rallied for their recovery.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

They provide rare riparian habitat in an otherwise desert basin, with cool, green, dense forests and undergrowth protecting the waterways for fish, birds, and mammals.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Quaking aspen provides most of the color in autumn, with leaves ranging from lime green to crimson red. Lower in elevation, near Mono Lake, the cottonwoods are turning bright golden. This shot from the Mill Creek web cam shows the glowing riparian corridor.

A screen capture from the Mill Creek web cam shows golden cottonwoods glowing in the late afternoon light.

A screen capture from the Mill Creek web cam shows golden cottonwoods glowing in the late afternoon light.

Enjoy these photos of fall foliage along Mono’s tributaries! If you want to know where exactly these photos were taken, sign up for a Fall Color Foray guided trip and let us show you the best fall color spots.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.

Photo by Nora Livingston.


3 Responses to “Fall color along Mono Lake’s tributary streams”

  1. avatar Andy Brumbaugh Says:

    Just got after a week in the Mono Basin. What a great time of year to be in the Sierras

  2. avatar Kathy Kahn Says:

    Those are wonderful pictures, Nora! Not quite as good as being there … but they sure help.

  3. avatar Marjorie Rachlin Says:

    Marvelous Photos. Since I cannot get thI live on the East Coast) it is great to have these photos