“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
When my husband and I settled on Mammoth Lakes as our vacation spot last month, our primary motivation was to go to a place that was completely new to us as a couple; but I must confess I pushed for it for another reason. The area is known for its dramatic fall color. As a burgeoning photographer I feel this incessant need to challenge myself and evolve my eye. When I thought of the bright hues and changing leaves that awaited me in the mountains, the choice on where to go was simple. I just couldn’t think of a better, more beautiful muse.
When we arrived and our time wore on, my heart sank. Where bright yellow and fiery orange should have been were bare branches amongst the eternal evergreen. Previous weather changes had caused a somewhat premature shedding of leaves in some areas, but I knew there had to be some fall magic somewhere, still holding on. And we would find it.
The prettiest spots were found at Convict Lake and June Lake Loop. Despite its rather curious name, Convict Lake is an unbelievably peaceful and beautiful place, south of Mammoth and just a mile or two from the Yosemite-Mammoth airport, down Highway 395. If you ever find yourself in the Eastern Sierras at this time of year, or any time of year really, it is worth a quick detour.
That afternoon we headed north on 395 to June Lake Loop, north of Mammoth and south of Mono Lake. While all of June Lake Loop is beautiful, the loveliest and most colorful spot was found at Silver Lake. The aspens and other bright hues just took my breath away.
Friends, life is a constant transition. Soon we will put all the beautiful colors behind us and find ourselves in the beauty of winter and love of the holidays. But despite the passage of time, I will always have these memories.
Have an amazing and inspiring week.