Blog - Joseph Choi
  • Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:19:20 +0000

    Fall Color in The Eastern Sierra


    Every fall, for the past three years. I drove up to the town Bishop to see the fall colors in the Eastern Sierra.  It wasn’t exceptional this year, and I hoped that the fall foliage  might be better than previous years after enough rains dropped over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the past winter and spring. According to scientific study, the amount of moisture in the soil affects autumn colors. A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights should produce the most brilliant autumn colors. Meanwhile, unlike other years, we joined our members of amateur photo club which, and stayed at a campsite in Bishop from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9. For this trip, my mom  and younger brother joined. We left home by 7:00 in the morning, and arrived that campsite by 1:00 in the afternoon. After having brief lunch, we took route 168, and drove up to the Lake Sabrina  which sits on 9128 feet elevation.



    Lake Sabrina

    It was Saturday afternoon, and so crowded with many visitors. Among the visitors are seasonal photographers alike us. The fall colors seems to be a bit passed the peak, but the Yellow Aspen Tree colors were  still vibrant especially on the Lake Sabrina Road which next to the Bishop Creek.  The back-sunlight brightened the color of Aspen Tree leaves as you see in the picture. I was really pleased taking many photos of it.




    Intake II

    Our next stop was the Intake II Lake, a couple of miles down from the Lake Sabrina. I was first time in the Intake II Lake. It was a hidden gem which so beautiful. The size of the lake is a lot smaller than the Lake Sabrina, but was very photogenic. We saw not only fall color watchers but also many people who enjoying the trout fishing, some people were on the deck or in a  floating boat.



    Convict Lake

    Next early morning, we headed for the Convict Lake which about 37 miles north on the highway 395 near the town of  Mammoth Lakes. We were expecting to taking beautiful sunrise photos. The reflection of Convict Lake at sunrise time is so beautiful and well-known  to the photographers. Here is the photo that I took that morning. It’s the best shot among other photos taken  from this unforgettable trip to the Eastern Sierra.

  • Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:23:30 +0000

    Scenic Byway 12, Utah

    July 21, 2016

    I’m a photo enthusiast and the western part of US  landscape always has been my ultimate destination.  In the past month, June 29, I had a chance  to drive up to the Capital Reef National Park by the Scenic Byway 12, which one of the most scenic highways in America. The Scenic Byway 12, also known as Utah Highway 12, passes through the Red Rock Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and it arrives at Torrey in the Capital Reef National Park. It’s about 110 miles from the Bryce Canyon and takes about 2 hours by a car.

    Bryce2938Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon.

    Bryce Canyon National Park is a must stop, and I drove all the way up to the Natural Bridge. In November, 2015, I had a chance to see the Natural Bridge first time when it snowed, but unfortunately missed it due to the heavy snow and road block.  This time I was very pleased to eyewitness the beauty of nature with crimson color.

    castle3037Castle with an American Flag

    The roadside scenery along the Highway 12 is beautiful and I found myself many interesting rock formations. The huge and sheer cliff rock which looks like a castle built on the top with a tiny American flag posted was one of them.

    HeadOfrock_01The Head of Rocks Overlook

    There are two major viewpoints within nicely paved parking lot. The Head of Rocks Overlook is definitely the one you must stop by. It provides expansive views out across the Escalante Canyons where colorful slickrock stretches almost as far as the eye can see. Some 168 million years ago, the geological formation of this area was sand dunes, but it is now being transformed to sand stone. Don’t forget to take out your camera, and taking photos all direction. Guarantee that you’ll have a wonderful moment of shutter clicking time.

    Boynton3071Boynton Overlook

    Boynton Overlook is another stop briefly after the Head of Rocks. It gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the riparian area along the twisting Escalante River. According to the given information it provides habitats for birds and animal. However, I hadn’t noticed any waters running at the bottom of the canyon but only green vegetation.

    In conclusion, the Scenic Byway 12 is mind-blowing and you should try on if you are heading for the Capital Reef National Park. However, be aware of that there are many open ranches are across the road, especially 30 miles of proximity before Torrey. Cows are everywhere in the middle of road, and I had a little accident hitting a cow at a rainy dark night. You must report it to the Utah Highway patrol if you hit a cow. If you don’t, it’s a hit n run. As far as you have an insurance, it will take care of you. The best way to avoiding cow is not driving at night. Drive safely, and thank you for reading my first blog posting.