True to its claim as the longest-lasting autumn show in North America, California’s show of fall color continues into winter with bright color still being seen at sea level throughout the Golden State.
Photographer Darrell Sano carried a camera on an eight-mile walk through Oakland and Berkeley this past Sunday and sent back these images of the autumn color he discovered along his wet walk. Darrell was pelted with rain by the second of three storms that passed through the North State, so far this week (another is predicted over the Christmas Day weekend).
He wrote that while winter weather has certainly arrived, there’s still “ample color” to be appreciated. And, though “the grand vistas and sweeping panoramas are behind us for the year, there is beauty still around, even on the ground, if one looks close enough. There are endless compositions, juxtaposition of color and backgrounds that produce unexpected results.”
We have reported previously, and Darrell noted, that magnolia trees are about to explode with beautiful white, pink, yellow and rose blossoms.
Darrell reported seeing early flowers on several magnolia trees. One of the best places to see the January show is at the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Arboretum in Golden Gate Park where many species of mature magnolias can be enjoyed.
Though we appreciate Darrell’s photographs, observations and comments, we’ll not take up his suggestion of transitioning from reporting California Fall Color to reporting California Spring Color, and instead plan to enjoy the winter, spring and summer break from reporting color.
Now that winter has arrived officially, it’s time to say with all finality… “See you next autumn, dude.”
Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – San Francisco Bay Area – Lots of fall color remains to enjoy in Berkeley and Oakland