Mike Chowla

Fall Color in the Eastern Sierra

One of the common gripes about living in California is the lack of four seasons. Most of the state has summer and what passes for winter. However, in a remote corner of the state, there is fall color. That remote corner is the Eastern Sierra which is on the other side of mountains from Yosemite. The eastern side of the mountains is drier than the west side due to falling in the rain shadow of the mountains. The fall color primarily comes from the aspens which turn bright yellow. The draw is the combination of the turning aspens and the dramatic mountain scenery.