Photo by Bob Baikauskas
Eastern Sierras, Fall Colors Field Trip
Suggested Dates: October 7 - 11, 2019
Alabama Hills Cafe is a great place to have breakfast.
This is a map on the wall of the restaurant.
Mono Lake from the South Tufa area
California Highway 395 from Mono Lake south has unlimited photo opportunities.
We have made this trip several times in the past and you can read about them in our archives: 2016 TRIP and 2015 TRIP
Because of the time commitment of previous field trip leaders, everyone will need to plan the trip for themselves. The following link takes you to a schedule Les Thomas made for the 2018 Eastern Sierra Field Trip. 2018 TRIP
A overview map of Highway 395 from Bridgeport to Big Pine showing many great locations is HERE
The following are links that will take you to more details about some of the great locations not far from Highway 395.
Bodie State Historic Park: BODIE
Mono Lake, South Tufa: MONO
June Lake Loop: JUNE
Convict Lake: CONVICT
Tom's Place: TOMS
Bishop: PONDS, RESTAURANT, PETROGLYPHS
Bristlecone Pine Forest: BRISTLECONE
Alabama Hills: ALABAMA
Note that on October 12th the moon is almost (96%) full and full moon is on the next night, October 13th. You might want to include a full moon rise/set on your agenda.
Eastern Sierra October 2015
In October, 2015, the Lincoln Hills Photography Club had a "Great Photographic Adventure" starting in Yosemite, and continuing to many locations on the east side of the Sierras near Highway 395. The Field Trip was organized using a "menu" system, which enabled participants to select photographic opportunities each day. Many members contributed to the planning of this event.
A pre-trip planning dinner on September 16th provided an overview of the possibilities. At the post-trip "show and tell" party on October 30th, participants enjoyed other's photographs and experiences. The attached PDF files describe the locations and planning details for October 2015.
The following lists some locations we visited.
2015 Trip Menu
Night Sky at Yosemite's Olmstead Point
South Tufas at Mono Lake
June Lake Loop
Little Lakes Valley
Bishop Ponds and Brockman Lane
Manzanar and Mt. Williamson Vistas
Alabama Hills, Night Lighting and Night Sky
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Night Lighting
South Lake Tahoe, Taylor Creek
Little Lakes Map
Show and Tell