Impressed by this autumn’s long-lasting display of fall color, Los Angeles Times reporter Roy Rivenburg called yesterday to ask if this autumn is unusual for its duration. It sure is. The color arrived late just about everywhere across the state and generally has been spectacular throughout, with wet weather hardly shortening or lessening this year’s gorgeous display.
This past week, I spent several days in the Napa Valley and was impressed by the glowing displays of yellow, orange and red vineyards in the Carneros District, east of Napa, the beautiful fall color to be found among Downtown Napa’s historic Victorian mansions, and the bright yellow big leaf maple to be seen poking its flickering branches between oaks and evergreens at the Meadowood Resort east of St. Helena.
Photo of the Month on the Ventura County Trails website depicts fall color along the floor of the Upper Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park. Color Spotter Grant Roden of Elk Meadow Cabins at Redwood National and State Parks says he’s been following Tweets from this group about the great and long-lasting fall color they’ve been seeing on their hikes throughout Southern California.
California’s urban forests continue to show impressively. From the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden comes this video of fall color to be seen this December at the arboretum.