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Last week's Wednesday I got up early and left Swan Valley in east Idaho at 4 am for Yosemite to shoot fall colors. By evening 800 miles later I was on the shore of Tenya Lake in Yosemite for this shot. I had originally planned on going to Zion first but after googling fall colors for both places I changed my plans at the last minute.

After dark I went down to Mono Lake for a sunrise shot but I blew it as when the sun came up I wasn't in the cool shooting spot. I then did a quick reconnaissance of the eastern Sierra to see if there was any fall color left and there was very little so I shot over to Yosemite Valley. There was some good color in the valley however harsh light from California's miserably fair weather wasn't providing optimum fall shooting for deep canyons so after another night and morning in Yosemite I shoot out to the central coast to shoot elephant seals, surfers, monarch butterflies and sunsets. It was good.

After two days at the beach I was off for Zion National Park where fall colors were supposed to be peaking. Zion was awesome even though it was very sunny there also. The profusion of color provided many opportunities. I returned home on thursday after 8 days and 3000 miles. Now I am in post processing hell but it is good!

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