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A Mix of Seasons

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 22 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

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Last month I posted an image from Convict Lake in the eastern-Sierra where an early season snow storm deposited fresh powder amongst the fall foliage Change of Season at Convict Lake. Well as American baseball legend Yogi Berra once quipped, "It's like deja vu all over again," a similar early-season snow storm freshened-up the shores and peaks around North Lake high above Bishop, California at an elevation of 10,000 feet.

Fortunately the aspens at the far end of the lake were still showing their vibrant yellow color, and there was even color in the foreground grasses. This is indeed a rare scene as the aspens traditionally turn color in late-September, well before the first snows arrive. But this fall season has started in less than traditional fashion as high winds and cold temperatures became the norm in the high country.

The best part about this morning was the lack of fisherman (and even other photographers). Upon arriving 30 minutes prior to posted sunrise, my truck's temperature gauge read a bone-chilling 17F degrees. Fortunately there was very little wind and the working conditions were actually tolerable.

As for the composition, I opted for a low perspective and just allowed the line of the lake's shore to help move the eye up and through the photograph. This is really simple image made very effective by the collision of two seasons.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 4 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 26 mm

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