A Photographers Paradise

The Bishop Creek Canyon and the adjacent backcountry offers some of the most spectacular scenic opportunities in the Sierra, so it is no surprise that the canyon is a favorite of both professional and amateur photographers as well as photography workshops. Photography is one of the most popular area activities throughout the summer and fall.

Bishop Creek Canyon Photography

Early in the season, late May and June typically, photographers are drawn to the area to capture images of rushing mountain streams, waterfalls and lush green meadows with the still snow-covered mountain peaks towering in the background.

As the season progresses towards late June and July, the big draw is the incredible bloom of wildflowers that we experience in the area, including some breathtaking meadows crowded with flowers within a few hundred yards of Parchers Resort.

Columbine Flower
South Lake Summer
Aspen Leaf

July, August and September offer the best access to wilderness areas in the backcountry and a short hike will bring you to dozens of pristine mountain streams, untouched meadows and crystal blue alpine lakes. These backcountry areas are a phenomenal place for photographers to practice their craft and capture the serene landscape of the High Sierra.

Weir Pond Fall
South Fork Bishop Creek Fall

Wildlife viewing and photography is also popular throughout the summer and fall season with a variety of birds, deer, pine martins, coyotes, brilliantly colored trout and black bears inhabiting the area. It takes a patient and oftentimes lucky photographer, but some spectacular wildlife shots have been captured in the High Sierra over the years.

North Lake Road 2010
South Lake Bear
Blue Lake Sabrin Basin

By far the most popular time of year in and around the Bishop Creek Canyon is the fall. Our canyon has an especially high concentration of Aspen trees which translates into a truly awe inspiring sight when their usually green leaves turn to brilliant yellow, orange and red hues. The Bishop Creek Canyon is also ideal because the elevation goes from 4000ft to nearly 10000ft so the peak fall colors work their way down the canyon allowing for a longer window of opportunity to capture your fall color shots.