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Fall 2015 Mono Lake Newsletter now available online

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Newsletter-2015-FallThis fall, more than others, it feels as if the Mono Basin is full-speed hurling itself toward home base, and the promise of winter. On the surface, it looks a lot like another spectacular fall—trees ablaze in vibrant color along waterways, deliciously crisp morning air, and countless Eared Grebes dotting the glassy surface of Mono Lake. But we’ve been keeping a close eye on the lake, streams, and reservoirs—they’re shrinking, and there just isn’t a whole lot of buffer left.

It’s really tempting to think that El Niño is going to kick in with a doozy of a winter and everything will be fine. (more…)

Mono Basin fall colors photo album

Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Photo courtesy of Alicia Vennos, Mono County Tourism.

Mono Lake’s solitary cottonwood trees light up every fall (October 14). Photo courtesy of Alicia Vennos, Mono County Tourism.

Fall in the Mono Basin is always a spectacular season, when crisp nights, warm Indian summer days, short daylight hours, a low sun angle, and cool autumn rains combine to bring out the colorful foliage. We pulled together some of our favorite photos from the season for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to check out the hashtag #sierrafallcolors on Instagram to immerse yourself in the rich colors of autumn from all along the Eastern Sierra.

Photo by Elin Ljung.

The paths along Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop have canopies of color (October 15). Photo by Elin Ljung.

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Fall colors are emerging in the Mono Basin

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Fall is an exciting time to be in the Mono Basin—the days are getting cooler, the high peaks have their first dusting of snow, the animals are busily preparing for winter, and, of course, the leaves are beginning to change.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Last week I hiked into Lundy Canyon, a favorite destination for fall colors, and it did not disappoint. The aspens are beginning to peak in brilliant yellows, contrasting beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Today, I continued my search (more…)

Fall color update: Mill Creek webcam shows peak color

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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As the sun dips lower in the sky and we enter mid-October, the aspen, cottonwood, and willow trees of the Mono Basin, as well as other deciduous trees and plants, become more colorful at low elevations. You can track these changes from anywhere on our three webcams.

Mill Creek on 10/9/14 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

Mill Creek on October 9, 2014 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

The Mono Lake Webcam shows that Lee Vining Creek is very colorful near Mono Lake. The Lee Vining Webcam shows a lot of color in town. And the Mill Creek Webcam, looking down Mill Creek toward Mono Lake, has the best (more…)

Fall colors are beautiful and brilliant in the Mono Basin

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Despite a windstorm last week that stripped some aspen leaves from the trees in the Mono Basin, the color just keeps getting better and better. Groves in the Mono Basin still have lots of green leaves mixed in with yellow and a bit of orange, so there’s plenty of fall color yet to come in the next few weeks.

Looking west across Parker Lake, September 24, 2014. Photo courtesy of Mary Ljung.

Today along the June Lake Loop, brilliant yellow trees really stood out against the mostly green (more…)

Fall colors are emerging in the Mono Basin

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erica Stephens, 2014 Mono Lake Intern.

Quaking Aspens between Grant Lake Reservoir and Silver Lake along the June Lake Loop are rapidly changing their leaves from a dark green to yellow color. These trees regularly grow in dense, unbroken stands, creating a stunning golden vista when their leaves fully change color in the fall. If you are headed to the Eastern Sierra, make sure to do this driving loop to see these beautiful seasonal changes.

Aspens along Highway 158 are starting to change to lime-green and yellow. Photo by Erica Stephens.

Willow leaves on the shore of Silver Lake look yellow due to a combination of fall color and a rust fungus. Photo by Erica Stephens.

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Musings on a Mono Basin autumn

Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Frankenbach, 2013 Project Specialist.

The Mono Basin received its first real snow of the season on the 9th of October as the fall colors were at their peak. Eager to get out in the first snow, I took a two-hour lunch break to hike up to Parker Lake through the snowfall and to snap these shots.

Parker Lake on October 9, 2013 as the season’s first snow fell. Photo by Julia Frankenbach.

The bright orange aspens gave the newly whitened landscape a surreal glow. Beginning about a mile from the Parker Lake Road turnoff from Highway 158, the Parker Lake trail winds about two miles upward through sagebrush and small meadows. It follows Parker Creek through groves of aspens and Jeffrey pine stands, ending up at (more…)

Fall color is peaking in the Mono Basin

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Cold, crisp nights combined with these short, warm days have pushed the Mono Basin’s fall colors to their peak display. You can zip over to the Mono Basin through Yosemite National Park on Highway 120 even though the park is closed due to the government shutdown. Luckily, no one can shut down the aspen groves!

Parker Lake's turquoise color goes perfectly with golden aspens and autumn's sharp blue skies. Those green aspens at the west end of the lake will be turning soon, providing more glorious color in the weeks to come. Photo by Elin Ljung, October 2, 2013.

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September Mono Basin fall color update

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Frankenbach, 2013 Project Specialist.

With the first day of fall has come the first real yellowing of the aspen trees in the Mono Basin. As the days become cooler and the nights become increasingly frosty, the aspen color will intensify. Be sure to find time this fall to enjoy the fall colors at one or more of these places near Mono Lake:

The aspen trees at Lundy Canyon’s beaver ponds are just beginning to turn yellow. Photo by Julia Frankenbach.

Lundy Canyon: Driving north on Highway 395, turn left onto Highway 167 toward Lundy Lake. Drive past Lundy Lake to arrive at the beaver ponds, a popular destination for seeing fall colors and for (more…)

Orange aspens in the Mono Basin

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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We’re seeing some fall color in the Mono Basin this week, most notably in this beautiful orange patch of aspens on the Parker Bench below Mt. Wood.

An orange patch in a sea of lime green and dark green aspen leaves on the Parker Bench. Photo by Elin Ljung.

When fall days are warm and sunny while the nights are cool, aspen leaves change to brilliant colors. That’s exactly the weather we’ve been having these days, so hopefully bright autumn colors are on their way. Stay tuned here on the Mono-logue and check the California Fall Color website for updates, and take a look at this brochure for more information on fall color in the Eastern Sierra.

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