This week, Fall presented itself with crisp, cool temperatures and a welcome rain shower, just what we needed to kick off one of the most beautiful times of year in the Gold Country and High Sierra. It’s time to pack your camera, paints and pencils and head out for some glorious fall color. The secret to experiencing the changing hues in this part of the country is to slow down and be ready for the unexpected. Among the evergreen conifers of the Arnold Rim Trail and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, you’ll find bursts of color in the dogwood trees, and at the higher elevations around Big Meadow and Bear Valley are aspen groves. Rather than the huge forests of color that are found in the northeast, here the visuals are more subtle, which makes it all the more fun to go out and discover them for yourself. Let these images from around the county inspire you to go explore.