McGee Creek Canyon, Eastern Sierra
The aspen in this canyon, just southwest of Crowley Lake in California, sport beautiful fall color in October. I took this photo on our second visit, just below the trailhead to Steelhead and McGee Lakes. The creek itself is a beautiful, clear mountain stream worth paying attention to. Mounts Aggie and Baldwin are in the background. See photos of McGee Creek in the "Water" portfolio.
I love misty mornings in Yosemite Valley, and always get out before sunrise so I can search for scenes like this one near Swinging Bridge. This photo was taken in early October when there was some fall color in the trees but especially interesting color in the meadow grasses.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
This is California's largest state park, located in the southeast corner of the state. Named for the explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and for the bighorn sheep, it has mountains, badlands, and wildflowers. I took this sunrise photo from a small group of sand dunes a ways off the Thimble Trail. The desert sand verbena was flowering along the sides of the dune; this one, though, was alone on the top.