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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sights of Fall in the Great Basin

I went to the Mono Basin with Randomtruth and the Codger in early October with thoughts of grandeur dancing in my head. We might see trees that actually change color in the Fall, we might see life birds, we would pick up a couple of RTs cameras filled with the possibility of exotic (to us coastal dwellers) critters, we might even see a late season Great Basin Rattlesnake, but we were guaranteed to have good company, some good beer and great food.

We saw Fall colors. We saw wild canyons. We saw bizarre geology.

Life-birds will have to wait for another post.




Yes, basically the same image as above that my post-processing software really wanted to make more orange than yellow, probably due to the image being under-exposed. The true color may have been somewhere in between, but I honestly cannot remember. I was mesmerized by the quacking leaves. Don't judge, you would have been too.







WTF, with that last image you are thinking?!?

That doesn't look like Fall colors. Well you would be right. It doesn't look like Fall.

What it looks like is the snowstorm we hit going over Tioga Pass into Yosemite Valley on our way home.  A few hours later the pass was closed because of the snow. We made it through just in time.


  1. Nice. Along with in between, your 2 pics could easily both be right themselves - we saw leaves in those 2 colors. :) Btw - I too have had a few Populus tremuloides trances - they're nothing to be ashamed about. :)

  2. beauty! did u see any of those late season rattlers?

    1. We struck out on the rattlers but we only had a chance the first day where daytime temps got into the mid 60's. Last day it might not have gotten much above 45°F. Hopefully in the Spring when we go back