Plan your next autumn color exploration for the east side of California’s Sierra Nevada. Travel U.S. Route 395 through aspen groves climbing into steep canyons that drop from the Pacific Crest to the edge of the Great Basin Desert. In contrast to the reds of fall in New England, the yellows of the Sierra have a short autumn season, moving from north to south and from higher to lower elevations. Each year these scenes of flaming color framed by ragged mountain peaks can be spectacular. Next fall, head to California’s Sierra Nevada to photograph a more exciting version of autumn color.
Some of the best photography in Northern California is found along Highway One, north from the Golden Gate Bridge through Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Follow Highway One as far north as it goes before it leaves the coast and heads inland. The Shoreline Highway is California’s scenic route along the coast–one of the most beautiful highways in America. For this newsletter issue #017 - North of the Golden Gate, California, I returned to my favorite spots and explored places new to me. My ten-day trip was about photographing beaches, parks, coastal villages, and lighthouses I’d never photographed before.
This newsletter issue #002 - Autumn Color in New England points out the best places to photograph fall foliage along the back roads through rural New England states. Directions are included as to where to find the best covered bridges, old barns, and sugar shacks and also back road scenes of New England’s charming villages and rural landscapes.
This newsletter starts in the north and follows a loop route around northern Vermont, pointing out the best locations and the best times to be there with the right lens. From St. Johnsbury to Stowe over Mount Mansfield and then south through the Green Mountains to Woodstock and more great locations. I have guides to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, upstate New York, Connecticut, and the Berkshires Range in western Mass. All concentrate on photographing autumn color.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.