Fall is my favorite season and every year I try to take at least one trip to see the changing colors. The best colors in "our area" can be found in the Eastern Sierra. For those, who do not live over there, timing a photo trip is a real challenge though: cold weather is important to turn the leaves but early winter storms can lower the “granite curtain” quite suddenly and make access to the Eastern slopes (or passage back to the Bay Area) impossible or treacherous at the very least. Plus, Aspen trees do not peak for more than a few days and strong winds can easily knock down foliage and leave whole groves bare. However, when the stars align, a fall trip to the Sierra can be really magical!