A few years ago, my hubby and I took a leaf-peeper trip throughout New England, and the blinding colors of Massachusetts’ Berkshires and Vermont’s Green Mountains still glow in my memory. But I got to thinking about the kind of autumn offering we might have out here in the West. Searching around a little, I found photographer/communications consultant John Poimiroo willing to share some of his glorious photographs of the Eastern Sierras with us!
We’ll start off with Conway Summit, at 8,143 feet, a mountain pass in Mono County, California. It’s the highest point on U.S. Highway 395 which also traverses high passes at Deadman Summit and Devils’ Gate Pass. (I don’t know about you but I LOVE these names.)
Leroy’s western adventures tragically ended in 1926 when he accidentally shot himself, and the town’s name was chosen in his memory in 1953. However, it was often called Poverty Flat for its unfavorable conditions for farming. According to the last census, 222 people call it home now, down from 398 in 1990.
Yosemite is one of those places where I sincerely believe God lives. Here’s Fern Springs in the fall.
The Ahwahneechee tribe first called this heavenly land home, until the violence of the mid 1800’s that displaced them. In 1851, the Mariposa Battalion entered this exquisite valley to remove the native people. Gold seekers disrupted the land with mining sites, lumberjacks left behind giant stumps, and people arriving on horseback and building railroads and rustic hotels spurred cries for conservation from those who loved the land. President Lincoln signed a bill in 1864 granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the State of California and John Muir, the seminal environmentalist, helped to create Yosemite National Park in 1890.
At 2,425 feet from the top of the upper falls to the base, Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America and qualifies at the sixth highest waterfall in the world.
Last but not least, the Pacific dogwood blooms here from late April into May but leaves behind a legacy of glorious fall color. The nutallii has a long life span and will often reach a height of 75 feet.
I hope you enjoyed some California color today! And thank you, John, for sharing.
Oh, sometime this fall, the fourth in my Hearts Crossing Ranch series will be available. You can click on the cover for a link to notify you.