I am very pleased to invite you to view my "June Lake, Eastern Sierra" gallery.
I recently returned from a car trip down one of the most scenic highways in America – Hwy 395 between Lee Vining and Lone Pine, California. All along the route the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada is looming large on your right (heading south) and on your left (if heading north). Those peaks are always in your grill, so to speak, and as a photographer it's hard to make progress because you are always seeing places to stop along the road and capture a memorable scene. But the best part are the many canyons and alpine lakes that connect with Highway 395 via dirt and paved roads that make access to photogenic landscapes fairly easy, especially if you have a high clearance, 4-wheel-drive vehicle. The most scenic time to visit is autumn, when the cottonwoods and aspens in these creek-carved canyons reach peak color foliage. June Lake, located south of Lee Vining, offered some of my first glimpses of peak autumn foliage in the eastern Sierra as well as awesome sunrises on the peaks that loom over this lake. From June Lake, I headed south and encountered some of the best canyons with autumn foliage in the region, Bishop Creek and Rock Creek. There were beautiful high elevation lakes at the terminus of these creek canyons, like Convict Lake, North Lake, South Lake and Lake Sabrina. In addition, there were fantastic photo opportunities along the way that had little to do with fall foliage but everything to do with dramatic landscapes, like the Alabama Hills. But, alas, I get ahead of myself. Enjoy these images of June Lake before moving on to those other locations that I'll be featuring in upcoming posts.
© Stuart L Gordon Photography