Leaving fall: Artists, photographers waiting for fall colors
October 7, 2011
Whether or not white is a color is one of the most debated questions about color there is. But one thing is for sure, white definitely doesn’t fit in the fall color category.
Artists in Markleeville as well as others around the Tahoe Basin are hoping the early snow won’t ruin the region’s most colorful season.
“I’ve been saving film, waiting for something to happen,” said South Lake Tahoe photographer and gallery owner Jon Paul, who shoots the colors every year with his classic large-format film cameras. “Everybody’s just waiting patiently and not so patiently. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Weather does have an impact on when the leaves change and what colors they turn, according to U.S. Forest Service’s fall color website, but the infinite combinations of spring, summer and fall temperature and moisture make predictions difficult. How the latest storm will affect the colors is somewhat up for debate.
“(The snow) could either force the Aspens to change really quickly, or it could damage the little leaves and they could dry up and blow away,” said Evelyn Yonker, owner of the Markleeville Gallery.
At Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley, the colors have started to change, but they’re not in the their prime yet, said employee Kelly Keith.
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“With the snow storm, the change will be accelerating,” Keith said.
“I think the colors will be fabulous in a few weeks,” she added.
On the North, West and East Shores, leaves are also expected to pop soon.
“It’s the changing foliage in North Lake Tahoe that makes you want to linger during fall,” said Bill Hoffman, executive director of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau, in a statement. “When you see that striking contrast in the trees, you just have to take a moment and soak it all up.”
Blackwood Canyon, Eagle Rock, Spooner Lake and the Tahoe Rim Trail are all recommended viewing spots for the brilliant aspens and willows.
Of course, not all photographers and painters are waiting to get into the fall colors. Some are making the best with what they’ve got.
Part-time Markleeville resident and painter Linda Lindsay Stallcup is making art from past photos she has of the foliage.
“It’s not a problem for me,” she said. “But I know how much it means to people.”
North Shore photographer Peter Spain went out for some shots of the leaves’ color contrasting with the snow.
“It’s that short little window when you can get photos that aren’t blue lake and green pine trees,” Spain said.
The ultimate fall picture would be fall color with snow, Yonker said.
“If the colors would turn with the snow, it would be the most spectacular view of all,” she said.
Find more information:
The U.S. Forest Service has set up a fall colors hotline and website that informs users of the status of the leaves around the country. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors or call 1-800-354-4595 for fall colors updates.