Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Aspen~Timeless, this is for you!

Hubby and I took a hike yesterday down in the canyon by Rush Creek, which runs from June Lake out to Mono Lake.  It's a great place for hiking.  We ran into a couple with a kayak who were heading down to one of the more peaceful areas of the creek.  There are huge stands of aspen there and in the fall, they are beautiful reds, yellows, and browns.  We've already decided to return here in October and take photos of the aspen when they are turning colors.  But, this is how they look now.


  1. The trees are so magnificent. Ever see what looks to be giant patches, even acreages of trees turning colour at the same time ? It's because more than likely they are the same tree which has suckered and cloned itself repeatedly for decades.

    What amazes me more is the reasons for the above ground beaty and wonder. It's the underground networks and their mycorrhizal associations and interconnections with other entirely different species of plants that really wows and offers challenges to replicating these systems in the urban landscape.

    I love getting away from the city and out into the country. What an energizing battery recharging feeling that is.

    This next Spring I'm coming over for a few months to document some areas where the old forests on Santa Rosa use to be. I found huge Jeffrey Pine stumps in dense brush areas just below Spring Crest and the Santa Rosa Forestry road turnoff. I wanted to write about it, but it would be effective without the pics. Get this, the stumps are chared by some dramatic fire event that went through the area way back when. Also alot of irresponsible logging couple with ignorance of reforesting the landscape after clear cutting. It never made sense to me that the ancient Lake Cahuilla was strictly maintained in balance by continuous refill by the Colorado River delta. To me other tributaries like Whitewater River, Palm Canyon and Deep Canyon must have been major contributors as well. It'll be interesting to see if the stums are still there. Charcoal doesn't exactly break down very fast.

    Thanks for the picture.



  2. I can't wait to see those autumn photos!