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Fall colors are glorious at Mono Lake right now

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Fall is officially here! Crisp air, blue skies, and multicolored aspen groves bring visitors from all over to enjoy the Mono Basin and soak up the beauty of the area as the aspen trees turn from glittering green to gold, clementine, and crimson.

Green and golden aspens at Parker Lake, September 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mary Ljung.

Green and golden aspens at Parker Lake, September 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mary Ljung.

Why do leaves change color in fall? The short story is that after spending all summer photosynthesizing and storing sugars for new growth next spring, leaves eventually get blocked from transporting nutrients in and out towards the branches and buds, and the chlorophyll (the green pigment that is essential (more…)

Sign up for the 36th annual Tioga Pass Run

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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While its claim to fame is “only one hill,” the Tioga Pass Run is one hefty task.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Over 12.4 miles, runners and walkers ascend 3,164 feet from Lee Vining to the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park. Along the way, Mt. Dana stands proudly over Lee Vining Canyon, holding what’s left of last winter’s snowpack in its couloirs. The meadows of Lee Vining Canyon are turning (more…)

Fall colors at Mono Lake: It’s not too early to plan your trip

Sunday, August 21st, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Yes, I know, it’s only August, and the canyons are still glittering green with quaking aspen trees. But if you are thinking about visiting in the fall, now is the time to start planning your trip!

The wide open views and hillsides covered in aspen make the Conway Summit area a great place to enjoy autumn. Photo taken on October 21, 2010 by Bartshe Miller.

The wide open views and hillsides covered in aspen make the Conway Summit area a great place to enjoy autumn. Photo taken on October 21, 2010 by Bartshe Miller.

The colors usually start to change in mid-September and peak around mid-October. By November, the leaves are usually on the ground and snow has arrived. Different areas peak at different times, so let us do the scouting! The Mono Lake Guided Trip program has five trips scheduled in October to take visitors to the hottest spots for fall colors during the peak. (more…)

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…)

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