Fall Color, Crane Valley
|Known as "Crane Valley" to the local Mono tribes.|
|It's known today as "Bass Lake".|
|We saw no cranes, just a single Great Egret. Perhaps Sandhill Cranes
once paused to forage in this valley during their seasonal migration.
|We'd come to enjoy the area's fall color.|
|Of which there was an abundance.|
|Black Oak sapling supported by branches of a manzanita.|
|Season quickly advancing from Autumn to Winter.|
|Contrast between dark tree bark and bright colored leaves.|
|Splashes of blood-red color stains some leaves.|
|A collection of leaves with almost "candy like" color.|
|"Wishon Point" Once, a very long time ago, two young people unrolled their sleeping bags here on a
sandy beach and fell asleep watching the stars, meterorites and satellites sweep by overhead.
|Forty years have passed and together, we still enjoy the pagentry of the night sky.|
|A single Black Oak leaf resting lightly on the leaf of a Valley Oak.|
|Manzanita, also known as "Bear Berry", is edible and a rich source of vitamin C.
Yes, we saw bear tracks at the lake shore and scat near a thicket of Manzanita.
|Nearly all the berries had been stripped from this thicket of manzanita.|
|Colors vivid as wildfire.|
|Drawing closer, half expected their glow to warm me.|
|But within days, these colors will fade away.|
|Black Oak, Valley Oak and small groves of Manzanita grow near the lake shore.|
|Willow Creek on east side of Bass Lake. A hiking trail climbs to the ridge and beyond.|
|Historically, very important to the Mono, then to early settliers and the logging industry.|
|Local Mono tribe women pounded seeds and acorns
at this "kitchen rock" for hundreds of years.
|View from "kitchen rock" very different today.|
|Stopped to photograph this unique "lending library" and chat
with the owner of the cottage-in-the-woods.
|A short ways outside Oakhurst, this Frontier Park is a peaceful oasis.|
| All to ourselves for about 5 minutes before a van of Honor Students
from Visalia arrived.
They'd arranged in advance for a private tour of the house and grounds.
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