This is a continuation of my previous blog about finding inspiration outside in nature. And this time I went to Mt. Rose. It’s called Mt Rose because an early settler or pioneer to area looked up at the mountain and could see an image of a girl lying on her back looking upward to the sky and since the man had a daughter named Rose that he was apparently missing, he called the land formation, Mt. Rose after her. Most of us native locals can see the image pretty easily especially when there is snow and the lines become a bit more obvious. I often wonder if the Paiutes or Washoe people ever saw an image of a female in the mountain as well. Perhaps they had a name for the mountain already and the new people just ignored it.
So as you can see from the photo of Mt. Rose, there are sections of golden colored trees nestled in between the pines, and it was these spots of color that was our destination. We stopped at one of the ski resort turn offs and walked up the road a bit to investigate the trees. It was a bit colder out than we had expected, so our journey was not a long one. But I was successful in capturing a few images of the Fall season that were worth sharing.
The Fall is really the best time to go hiking and exploring in this region because the summer is often much too hot and dry and the winter is often too cold and the landscape seems rather dead during this time period. If the Western Sierras are lucky enough to have a good snow fall, then the snow and ice make a lovely landscape, but during the last 30 years or so, this has not always been a for sure thing to happen. The lower level ski resort of Tannenbaum closed due to the lack of sufficient snow fall.
I hope to make time to capture some of the Fall colors along the Truckee River area, so that may be another blog filled with pictures coming soon. Hope you enjoyed this set.