Milder Temps, More Water, Less Wind = Great Color

Milder temperatures, more water and less wind have contributed to one of the most colorful autumns on record for Southern California, the Los Angeles Times posted on its online Living section, yesterday.  Reporter Roy Rivenburg found that with few Santana winds blowing their hot air across the southland, this autumn, more leaves were left on branches, and with more rain and cooler temps, those leaves have provided longer lasting color.  With four days left in Autumn, the show continues down south and is in its last moments up north, making 2010 a record year for autumn color in California.

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Happening’ in Sac Town

Gingko - P Street, Sacramento - Barbara Steinberg (12/11/10)

Color spotter and travel writer Barbara Steinberg saw this gingko tree on P Street in Sacramento this past Saturday.  She was so determined to get a shot of this colorful specimen that she returned with her camera the next day to take this shot.  Bravo for your persistence, Barbara!

Mid December, Yet LA County Continues to Glow with Fall Color!

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.