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UncleEbeneezer shared with y’all the fall color in the lower portion of Upper Rock Creek, I shot there a week later and my shots were exactly the same(same location and compositions). However before I shot those same shots a week later, I first ventured all the way up the road to the trailhead for Little Lakes Valley at Mosquito Flats. As you may recall, a few fellow photographers and I headed up this trail to Long Lake last year to shoot the Milky Way reflected on the still waters of Long Lake before the clouds and the wind arrived to cut short our photoshoot. I decided to start off my morning hiking a ways up the trail and get some morning shots. I made it as far as Marsh Lake(the second lake on the trail, but I thought it might be Heart Lake) and shot the sunlight on the peaks at the south end of the valley. As I packed up to head back to the car, I noticed some fall color on the hill and decided to hike part way up the Mono Pass trail. About a 1/2 mile past the trailhead at Mosquito Flats, the trail forks, the main trail heads up Little Lakes Valley to Marsh, Heart, Box, Long, Chickenfoot and the Gem Lakes; and the other trail heads west and up to Mono Pass at about 12,000′(this is a hike I want to get in this year). So, to get a better view of the fall color in the valley, I headed up the Mono Pass trail for about a mile until I reached a small pond. At that point I decided to turn around and see the fall color that UncleEbeneezer shot in his post.
It was a rollercoaster day, I headed to South Lake after getting my shots at Upper Rock Creek. It began raining as I headed back up into the Sierra and then it stopped as I approached the parking lot at South Lake. Getting out of the Prius, I realized it was snowing. I ended my day, driving back to the Owens Valley and east and up to the Bristlecone Pine forest in the White Mountains.
These photos were shot with either a Samsung NX-1 and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
I started up the trail before sunrise and noticed a bit of fall color along the trail with Rock Creek to my left.
I was unsure if I’d past one lake or two, so I was unsure if this was Marsh Lake or Heart Lake(it seemed a bit heart shaped), and set up my camera along the shore to get some sunrise shots as sunlight hit the peaks at the south end of Little Lakes Valley.
After shooting at the lake, I headed back to the car, but stopped at the fork in the trail and decided to head up the Mono Pass trail for a view of Little Lakes Valley from above. As I climbed the trail, I could see more of the valley and fall color that lay below. I could also see that I was shooting at Marsh Lake.
This is Heart Lake from above, you can better see how it gets it’s name.
As I headed up the side of the valley, I could see more fall color further up the trail.
At this point, most of the fall color was below me.
I found this nice break in the trees and shot a panorama of Little Lakes Valley.
This small pond was alongside the trail and I decided that it would be as far as I’d go that morning. It was getting relatively late and I didn’t have supplies for a longer hike, so I headed back down to the car for fall color around Rock Creek Lake.