Photographs: Sierra Nevada

Autumn Aspen Leaves Cluster | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspen Leaves Cluster | G Dan Mitchell Photography A cluster of Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves in full autumn color.Autumn Aspen Leaves Cluster. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A cluster of Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves in full autumn color.Here is is — finally — the photograph that should be the final one from this year’s autumn aspen color in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Like several of the others, I made this one while wandering about…

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Aspen Leaves and Branches | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Leaves and Branches | G Dan Mitchell Photography A cluster of colorful autumn leaves on the branches of an Eastern Sierra aspen tree.Aspen Leaves and Branches. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A cluster of colorful autumn leaves on the branches of an Eastern Sierra aspen tree.The fall color countdown continues with this (likely) second-to-last aspen color photograph from this year’s crop. To recap, this was a very strange year for California autumn aspen photography, with…

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Twin Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Twin Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography Two autumn aspen leaves in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Twin Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Two autumn aspen leaves in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Continuing the countdown to the end of this year’s batch of Eastern Sierra fall aspen color, here is another vertical format close-up of a pair of beautiful leaves, photographed in the soft light of a colorful grove still in the morning shadows of a nearby ridge.…

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Backlit Aspen Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Backlit Aspen Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography Eastern Sierra autumn aspen leaves against a splash of background color.Backlit Aspen Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Eastern Sierra autumn aspen leaves against a splash of background color.At this point I now appear to be down to just four more of my 2020 autumn aspen color photographs from the Eastern Sierra Nevada, and all of them are up-close photographs of just a few leaves like this one.…

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Yellow and Orange | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Yellow and Orange | G Dan Mitchell Photography A river of orange and yellow autumn aspen trees flows down to the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.Yellow and Orange. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A river of orange and yellow autumn aspen trees flows down to the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.This will be (I’m virtually certain!) the final photograph of the larger landscape of 2020 from this Eastern Sierra Nevada location in the Inyo…

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Shoreline Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Shoreline Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shore of an Eastern Sierra lake reflecting high peaks in morning light.Shoreline Aspens, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shore of an Eastern Sierra lake reflecting high peaks in morning light.As I worked my way through what is actually a rather small collection of aspen color photographs I made this season I kept thinking that I…

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Aspen Leaves, Near and Far – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Leaves, Near and Far A group of autumn aspen leaves against a background of aspen forest, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Aspen Leaves, Near and Far. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of autumn aspen leaves against a background of aspen forest, Eastern Sierra Nevada.At some point during almost every aspen season I end up looking away from the big views and getting up close to the colorful leaves. I can think of several reasons that I…

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Autumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke Wildfire smoke drifts over the Sierra Nevada crest above a lake surrounded by autumn aspensAutumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Wildfire smoke drifts over the Sierra Nevada crest above a lake surrounded by autumn aspensThis is one of several photographs I made of this Eastern Sierra lake near the peak of autumn color this fall. I photographed it from two perspectives, both of which I had decided…

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Alpine Lake in Shadow | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Alpine Lake in Shadow | G Dan Mitchell Photography Rocky terrain around a awilderness alpine lake in shadow, Kings Canyon National Park.Alpine Lake in Shadow. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Rocky terrain around a awilderness alpine lake in shadow, Kings Canyon National Park.I photographed this scene in a sort of light that I might not typically use for such a subject. This lake lies in a basin beneath some very tall and rugged peaks, and it…

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Alpine Lake, Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Alpine Lake, Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography Alpine terrain reflected in the surface of a small mountain lake, Kings Canyon National Park.Alpine Lake, Reflections. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Alpine terrain reflected in the surface of a small mountain lake, Kings Canyon National Park.This complex landscape is another from my 2013 summer expedition into the Kings Canyon National Park backcountry with a group of fellow photographers. Every summer (but not this past one, unfortunately) we…

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Tall Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Tall Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography A grove of tall aspen trees with autumn foliage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Tall Aspens, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A grove of tall aspen trees with autumn foliage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Before I posted this photograph I shared another one that focused on a grove of small, slender aspen trees. In the accompanying text I pointed out that such groves tend to be typical of…

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Golden Aspen Forest, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Golden Aspen Forest, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography A dense forest of golden Sierra Nevada autumn aspen trees.Golden Aspen Forest, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A dense forest of golden Sierra Nevada autumn aspen trees.After sharing a bunch of very colorful red and orange aspen leaf photographs recently, someone asked me about those colors, wondering if they were a stage in the color development that led to the yellow/gold leaves with which this person…

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The Last Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

The Last Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography A few sparse leaves in a high elevation grove of slender aspens in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.The Last Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A few sparse leaves in a high elevation grove of slender aspens in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.For some reason this little grove and I have a long-standing relationship. Quite a few years ago I noticed it while exploring a slightly less-visited spot in an…

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Aspen Slope | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Slope | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn aspens descend from a ridge to the shore of an Eastern Sierra Nevada subalpine lake.Aspen Slope. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspens descend from a ridge to the shore of an Eastern Sierra Nevada subalpine lake.This spot is probably familiar to you, especially if you use the version of the Mac OS that used a different photograph of the feature as its branding. This aspen forest or…

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Autumn Aspens, Eastern Sierra Lake – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Eastern Sierra Lake Faint wildfire smoke and fall aspen color around an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake.Autumn Aspens, Eastern Sierra Lake. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Faint wildfire smoke and fall aspen color around an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake.Along the same lines as another photograph I recently wrote about, this one is an alternate framing of a scene that I previously shared in a landscape mode photograph. (For folks unfamiliar with this terminology, “portrait” mode…

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Autumn Aspens, Hillside Grove | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Hillside Grove | G Dan Mitchell Photography A grove of autumn aspens ascends an Eastern Sierra hillside.Autumn Aspens, Hillside Grove. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A grove of autumn aspens ascends an Eastern Sierra hillside.If you we thinking that I’d be finished with this year’s fall color photographs by now… well, you’d be mistaken! And this won’t be the last one either. To review, it was a strange color season for me in the…

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Tall Trees, Early Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Tall Trees, Early Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography Tall aspen trees begin to take on fall colors, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Tall Trees, Early Color. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Tall aspen trees begin to take on fall colors, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Previously I shared a different view of this grove of aspens. (More on that below.) It is part of a large grove in the Eastern Sierra that is easily accessible. As a matter of fact, I…

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Rainbow and Afternoon Shower | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Rainbow and Afternoon Shower | G Dan Mitchell Photography A rainbow and afternoon showers in the Kings Canyon National Park high country.Rainbow and Afternoon Shower. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A rainbow and afternoon showers in the Kings Canyon National Park high country.This photograph is a somewhat different “take” on a scene and subject that I shared in another photograph a few weeks ago. A group of us had been camped near this little tarn (and…

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Aspen Branch and Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Branch and Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography An aspen branch bearing leaves at the peak of autumn color, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Aspen Branch and Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.An aspen branch bearing leaves at the peak of autumn color, Eastern Sierra Nevada.This is another photograph made during a brief “up close and personal” ramble through an aspen grove that was absolutely full of the widest range of aspen color I have seen — the…

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Two Red Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Two Red Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography A pair of very red autumn aspen leaves in a grove in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Two Red Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A pair of very red autumn aspen leaves in a grove in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.This pair of leaves reminds me just a bit of the photograph on the cover of my book, California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra. Like…

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Aspen Leaves, Autumn Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Leaves, Autumn Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves at their peak of fall color.Aspen Leaves, Autumn Color. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves at their peak of fall color.Most of the time I tend to treat aspen trees as part of the larger landscape, perhaps with a grove or a few trees as the subject, or even including some trees of a larger scene. But every…

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Autumn Aspens, Brush, and Talus – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Brush, and Talus A row of colorful autumn aspen trees standing between alpine willows and talus, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Autumn Aspens, Brush, and Talus. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A row of colorful autumn aspen trees standing between alpine willows and talus, Eastern Sierra Nevada.These trees grow in an area widely regarded as iconic for fall color photography in the Sierra Nevada, though if they appear in the usual photographs at all they are perhaps…

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Dark Forest and Pond | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Dark Forest and Pond | G Dan Mitchell Photography Beyond a small subalpine pond, dark forest rises into rocky terrain, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Dark Forest and Pond. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Beyond a small subalpine pond, dark forest rises into rocky terrain, Eastern Sierra Nevada.The main fall color show in the Eastern Sierra Nevada (and in other higher portions of the range) comes from the October aspen color. But this most certainly is not the only…

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Aspen Cascade | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Cascade | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn aspen trees spill down a small valley in the Eastern Sierran Nevada.Aspen Cascade. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspen trees spill down a small valley in the Eastern Sierran Nevada.There is no escaping the fact that this is an iconic Eastern Sierra fall color subject. Heck, even Apple used it for one of their operating systems! It was a bit of a surprise to me that I…

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Red and Yellow Aspen Leaves – Fine Art Photography Article

Red and Yellow Aspen Leaves Autumn aspen leaves in yellow and red, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Red and Yellow Aspen Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspen leaves in yellow and red, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Although it is hard to quantify such things, this Eastern Sierra fall color season seemed to produce better colors than I have seen in some time. Overall the colors were good, but two characteristics stood out. In many years I see a significant…

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Shoreline Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Shoreline Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.Shoreline Aspens, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.Near the beginning of the second week of October I had the opportunity to travel to the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The plan was to travel solo, camp in some fairly deserted campgrounds, largely keep my distance from other…

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Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra Dawn light comes to an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake surrounded by autumn aspen trees and reflecting distant peaks.Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Dawn light comes to an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake surrounded by autumn aspen trees and reflecting distant peaks.Yes, this is a bit of an iconic spot, but with good reason. And this year the colors around this Eastern Sierra Nevada lake were exceptional. I…

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Forest, Boulder, and Pond | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Forest, Boulder, and Pond | G Dan Mitchell Photography A tree grows in a crack in a large boulder set in forest and reflected in a quiet Sierra Nevada pond.Forest, Boulder, and Pond. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A tree grows in a crack in a large boulder set in forest and reflected in a quiet Sierra Nevada pond.Although the indications are more subtle than in the wildly colorful aspen groves, this is also a Sierra…

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Autumn Forest | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Forest | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn oak leaves add color to a dark forest scene, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Forest. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn oak leaves add color to a dark forest scene, Yosemite Valley.This seems like an interesting location to me for several reasons. It is in Yosemite Valley, and in a place where many people often stop, park, and get out of their cars to gaze at an iconic feature of this…

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Sierra Showers | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sierra Showers | G Dan Mitchell Photography Aternoon thundershower clouds reflected in the surface of a raindrop-dappled alpine lake, Kings Canyon National Park.Sierra Showers. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Aternoon thundershower clouds reflected in the surface of a raindrop-dappled alpine lake, Kings Canyon National Park.As I was getting ready to post this photograph I was pondering, as usual, what to write about it. As I considered the focus of what I ended up writing here today…

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