The Eastern Sierra Nevada in the early fall explodes with color.
A brook trout displays bright orange along its side signaling the time to spawn.
Creeks draining the East side of the Sierras create an oasis for aspen trees and even sage brush to grow.
A male and female brook trout select a spot with clean, small gravel to build a redd. The stretch I found them at was near the headwaters of the creek - well over 9000 feet in elevation.
Rays of sun light burst through a dense aspen grove in fall color. Throughout the eastside of the Sierras, scenes like this play out during the early autumn.
Headwaters of a creek that flows down into the Mono Lake Basin. Some of these creeks orginate at over 11,000 feet and make a rapid descent down the Sierra Nevadas to empty into Mono Lake.