Colors begin to change in Hope Valley.
The Carson river winds its way down Hope Valley in the last of the evening sun.
Autumn’s glow in the forest floor.
A big snow year meant the Carson ran strong as colors in the watershed begin to change.
One of the most picturesque canyons on the Eastern side of the Sierra is home to groves of aspens that twist along the watershed.
Closed in Winter, this trans Sierra Highway is home to groves of golden aspens on each side until the fall winds come and strip the trees bare of their leaves.
This wild river canyon originates deep in the Sierra Nevada as part of the Wild West Walker drainage that twists though Leavitt Meadows. It then gathers pace and races towards Topaz.
Each fall the shimmering leaves on the aspens glisten and the silver trunks shine in the morning light.
Soft fall light hits some slow bends in the river as the leaves begin to change.