Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday / Convict Lake, Eastern Sierras, California USA

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This is Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierras of California USA.
My husband and I spent 5 days in this mountain region visiting many of the beautiful lakes, often called the Mammoth Lakes Region.
This is a deep blue lake loved by anglers, campers and hikers alike.

 
There is a 2 mile loop trail that circles the entire lake.
We took the trail in the early morning of our first day here.
The colors of mid-October were breath-taking.

The weather was perfect (on this day)...temperatures in the 60's during the day and the low 40's at night,
perfect for a day of hiking trails which began at Convict Lake.

This lake is known for its clear and deep blue water.

The trail led us through some wonderful aspen and cottonwood groves in glorious color.

The leaves were beginning to fall so I think the trees are bare by now, two weeks later.

Only a few people were on the water.

I couldn't resist photographing these branches hanging over the water.

A little farther down the trail I spotted these three men enjoying themselves.
They were all in their own worlds...I didn't hear any conversation between them.

...and a little splash of red just for my camera!
That was our morning at Convict Lake before moving on to another trail that led us to Rainbow Falls beyond Devil's Post Pile...another glorious 3 miles.


28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos, Carolyn! I love the pretty Aspen trees. You have gorgeous shots of the lake

jabblog said...

What a beautiful place! The water is so clear and blue - absolutely wonderful :-)

Cheryl Ann said...

You know, we didn't get to Convict Lake this last trip! My aunt and uncle LOVE to go there and they rented a cabin about a month ago. The fall colors are gorgeous! We are heading over to Arizona next weekend!
Cheryl Ann

MTO Photography said...

What a beautiful view:)

Tricia said...

Oh oh oh, this is beautiful & gorgeous & awesome! The beauty out there is unprecedented =)
That 4th pic down has to be my fav w/ the clear water & the fall colored tree in the foreground, but they're all very beautiful views!!!

Mike Simmons said...

Stunning photos Carolyn! Absolutely beautiful! I was born and raised in California and these scenes are not what people think of for California. You've captured beautiful fall colors and the water images are perfect! We also use to like going to the high Sierras.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful country, beautiful photos, Carolyn. I especially like the last one. There's just something about it, perhaps it should be printed and frame. But I love the deep blue lake, too.
-- Kay

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

ewok1993 said...

wow it's so beautiful - much more so with teh autumn colors.

when did you go? i would want to visit at the same time next year so I can leaf peep too.

EG Wow said...

Beautiful lake and colourful foliage - what a grand combination. :)

Judy said...

I love the golden reflections in the blue, blue water! So vivid!

Genie said...

This series of shots is awesome. The first one reminds me of some of the shots my husband took while hiking the Enchantments in WA. The scenery on the west coast is gorgeous. These shots of the lakes and the scenery are wonderful.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous colours in your photos.

Jan n Jer said...

Stunning photos. The colors of the lake and trees are so vibrant!

Y. Ikeda said...

Hi Carolyn,
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate it!
You posted beautiful pictures, especially the first one. It IS breathtaking place and I am sure your 5-day stay must be fantastic.
Thanks for sharing.

Dinah said...

wow. great photos. wonderful, wonderful!

Watery Wednesday

Rick said...

Incredible Carolyn ! The colours and detail in your photos are stunning. What an absolutely spectacular place this is - and lucky you for being able to spend 5 (!) days there !!

Luna Miranda said...

wow, these are fantastic shots! what an amazing place. the colors are just breathtaking!

march on... said...

beauty of nature given justice by wonderful photography :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great set of photos. I love the light, the clear blue water. The leaves over the blue water is my favorite.

Ebie said...

Wow, the colors are so beautiful! Don't you just love the small rocks neatly arranged in the foreground?

I missed this season.

Kim, USA said...

It's beautiful!! Love the blue water and the color of the Autumn foliage. I would surely missed this season, here in MI every single leaves are down had to cut my flowers they all withered because of the frost. Thanks for the visit!
At the creek

Linnea said...

Wow! Those are really stunning shots, like they're straight out of a calendar! The autumn colors are spectacular up there.

Ashley Sisk said...

That first shot is AMAZING! Beautiful captures.

indicaspecies said...

Love every one of your photographs posted here. What a beautiful Lake, and stunning colors of the foliage! This is an fantastic collection of images, thanks for sharing.

Donnie said...

Your photos are so lovely. I especially like the sun streaming through the trees.

kmoyama said...

The fall colors in your photos are really breath taking!! They are stunning!!

Martha Z said...

I love these, great job of capturing Convict Lake.

Carol said...

Your photographs are fabulous.