, , , , ,

Orange Friday

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Color spotters across California will avoid waiting in lines today, on Black Friday. Instead, they will be appreciating an Orange Friday at Peak to Past Peak locations like these. GO NOW! You almost missed it.

North Coast

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

Napa Valley (11/19/17) Tracy Zhou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Napa Valley (11/23/17) Vasu Nargundkar

Napa Valley (11/23/17) Vasu Nargundkar

Napa Valley (11/23/17) Vasu Nargundkar

Napa Valley (11/23/17) Vasu Nargundkar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Valley

Mathews Ln./CA-20, Tambo (11/21/17) Robert Kermen

Merlin falcon, Mathews Ln./CA-20, Tambo (11/21/17) Robert Kermen

Prairie falcon, Mathews Ln./CA-20, Tambo (11/21/17) Robert Kermen

Red-shouldered hawk, Mathews Ln./CA-20, Tambo (11/21/17) Robert Kermen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davis (11/19/17) Phillip Reedy

Davis (11/19/17) Phillip Reedy

Davis (11/19/17) Phillip Reedy

Davis (11/19/17) Phillip Reedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shasta Cascade

Meadow Valley (11/12/17) Michael Beatley

San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park (11/14/17) Michael Beatley

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park (11/14/17) Michael Beatley

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park (11/14/17) Michael Beatley

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park (11/14/17) Michael Beatley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfax (11/23/17) Al Auger

Fairfax (11/23/17) Al Auger

Fairfax (11/23/17) Al Auger

Fairfax (11/23/17) Al Auger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

Old Hwy 80, Boulder Oaks (11/22/17) Walt Gabler

Old Hwy 80, Boulder Oaks (11/22/17) Walt Gabler

Old Hwy 80, Boulder Oaks (11/22/17) Walt Gabler

Old Hwy 80, Boulder Oaks (11/22/17) Walt Gabler

 

 

,

School Colors

UC San Diego (10/27/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

UC San Diego (10/27/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

The Tritons of the University of California San Diego have Navy blue and gold as their school colors, though judging from these photographs taken on campus, perhaps they should have chosen pink, purple, green and gold.

Plumas County color spotter Jeff Luke Titcomb didn’t forget the rest of us color spotters when he traveled to San Diego. Instead he sent these shots of color blooming and turning on exotic boulevard trees at UC San Diego (fall color creds to whomever can ID them).

UC San Diego – Peak (75-100%) – How else could we classify such beautiful color? GO NOW!

, ,

SoCal: Lake Gregory and Mt. Palomar Near Peak

Waterslide and black oaks, Lake Gregory (10/15/17) Micayla Anderson

Maple, Lake Gregory (10/15/17) Micayla Anderson

Black oak, Lake Gregory (10/15/17) Micayla Anderson

Now that days and nights are colder, the only thing sliding down the waterslide at Lake Gregory are fallen black oak leaves, Micayla Anderson reports.

Southern California’s mountain forests are now shedding their leaves as they evolve from Near Peak to Peak.

In the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Gregory in Crestline is nearing peak with black oak and exotic maples showing orange, yellow and red.

Black oak, Mt. Palomar (10/15/17) John Caffrey

Fremont cottonwood, Mt. Palomar (10/15/17) John Caffrey

Dogwood, Mt. Palomar (10/15/17) John Caffrey

Black oak, dogwood and Frémont cottonwood at Mt. Palomar in San Diego County are showing near peak orange, rose and gold.

Lake Gregory (4,554′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

Mt. Palomar (6,138′) -Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

, ,

Mt. Laguna Majesty

Black Oak (10/12/17) Shane Coker

Black oak (10/12/17) Shane Coker

Often, a photograph is more than a reflection of reality, it is a glimpse into another reality.

That’s what color spotter Shane Coker took away from his drive over Mt. Laguna, through Julian and Lake Cuyamaca, yesterday.

His drive provided our first report from San Diego County, but more, it provided a glimpse of this photographer’s vision.

Mt. Laguna (5,738′) – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) GO NOW!

Julian (4,226′) – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) GO NOW!

Lake Cuyamaca (4,613′) – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) GO NOW!

Frémont cottonwood (10/12/17) Shane Coker

Frémont Cottonwood (10/12/17) Shane Coker

Black oak (10/12/17) Shane Coker

 

, ,

Autumn Blooms

Pink Floss-Silk Tree, Southern California (10/11/17) Kathy Jonokuchi

Pink Floss-Silk Tree, Southern California (10/11/17) Kathy Jonokuchi

Color spotter Kathy Jonokuchi shared these images on our Facebook page (@CalifFallColor) of the Pink Floss-Silk tree, an exotic that blooms in mid autumn.

It is another aspect of fall color that is seen only in California and other Mediterranean climates, during autumn.

 

 

 

,

First Report: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (10/16/16) Jim Van Matre

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (10/16/16) Jim Van Matre

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (10/16/16) Jim Van Matre

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (10/16/16) Jim Van Matre

jvm-cuyamaca-rancho-sp-3Color spotter Jim Van Matre posts a First Report from Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County, where black oak and shrubs are a mix of chartreuse and red.

With high winds predicted this week, he’s concerned that the color won’t survive for long.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – Patchy  (10-50%)

Mt. Palomar’s Black Oaks Start Their Show

Black oak, Mt. Palomar (9/18/16) John Caffrey

Black oak, Mt. Palomar (9/18/16) John Caffrey

Black oak, Mt. Palomar (9/18/16) John Caffrey

Black oak, Mt. Palomar (9/18/16) John Caffrey

Color spotter John Caffrey visited Mt. Palomar in San Diego County this past weekend, finding black oak showing a mix of green, gold and orange among the boulders. CLICK HERE to see his full joyride.com report.

Patchy (10-50%) – Mt. Palomar

,

First Report: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

California sycamore, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (8/21/16) Sweetshade Lane

California sycamore, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (8/21/16) Sweetshade Lane

Color spotter Sweetshade Lane tweeted seeing subtle color at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego, thereby scoring the first “First Report” of the season.

California sycamore, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (8/21/16) Sweetshade Lane

California sycamore, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (8/21/16) Sweetshade Lane

Frémont cottonwood, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (8/21/16) Sweetshade Lane

Frémont cottonwood, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (8/21/16) Sweetshade Lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The preserve covers some 4,000 acres in the Peñasquitos (meaning little cliffs) and Lopez canyons of San Diego. It is an area with stark beauty and prehistoric cultural sites that date back over 7,000 years.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon was part of the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County. Tours of the historic Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos Adobe are available to school groups and the public.

The canyon is renowned as a nature preserve containing geologic formations, over 500 plant species including several landmark trees and 175 birds, as well as many reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon’s Frémont cottonwood have begun revealing golden leaves, while the twisted limbs of California sycamore are laden with equally twisted chartreuse and rose-colored leaves, providing sculptural detail to the scene.

Just Starting (0-10%) – Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

 

,

Special Report: San Diego Roars

San Diego Zoo (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

Color correspondent Alena Nicholas was on safari for fall color in San Diego on Thanksgiving Day and Orange Friday and found it at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. And, did San Diego roar!

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Coastal marsh, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego County (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Pacific Coast, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego County (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

North San Diego County (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

African Elephants, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

African Elephants, Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

In 2016, the San Diego Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday. So, during this celebratory period is the time to visit what Trip Advisor rates as the world’s best zoo.

What makes the San Diego Zoo so good is both the breadth of species to be seen (Chinese Giant pandas, Australian koalas, African elephants, Malaysian tigers, California condors, African lions…) and the natural, seemingly unfenced habitats in which they reside.

That means there aren’t many bars or mesh wire fences through which to observe or photograph the animals, but open space instead, and the areas provided for the animals are expansive and have natural settings.

At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (an hour north of the San Diego Zoo in Escondido) visitors ride carts, trams and now motorized trikes, along roads and paved trails into the savannah where they see animals interacting as they would in the wild.

One of the interactive programs at the Safari Park is Cheetah Safari where the “jaw-dropping” speed of a cheetah is demonstrated as it races along a 330-foot long track. Programs at both locations immerse visitors in better appreciating wild animals and the threats to their continued existence in the wild.

On Alena’s safari to San Diego, she captured not just the amazing and colorful inhabitants of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, but also the foliage to be seen in beautiful Balboa Park and throughout the region: native California fan palms taking on a yellow-orange glow, black oak dressed in lime, yellow and orange, exotic maroon fountain grass, orange-red coastal marsh grasses and trees carrying lime, yellow, orange and red confetti.

San Diego’s climate is so temperate and inviting that the seasonal change is hardly evident, though it can be felt in the autumn air, seen in San Diego’s glorious sunsets and found along stream beds where golden cottonwood and orange black oak paint the landscape.

Early December is an ideal time to visit San Diego.  The weather is good (this week, it will be in the low 70s), and the last of California’s fall color will continue to peak through the next two weeks. In two words… GO NOW!

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

San Diego (11/28/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego (11/28/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Pacific coast, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, San Diego (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Safari Park (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego County (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Malaysian tiger, San Diego Zoo (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Black Oak, San Diego (11/28/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

AN-SanDiego-15

Balboa Park, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

AN-SanDiego-13

Balboa Park, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Black oak, San Diego County (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park, San Diego (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Cheetah, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Australian koala, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Australian koala, San Diego Zoo (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (11/26/15) Alena Nicholas

Safari Park, Escondido (11/27/15) Alena Nicholas

 

 

 

, , , , , , ,

Fall Color for the Holidays

Elm, Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Elm, Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Folks heading home for the holidays should see lots of fall color in yards and urban forests, as this sampling taken by color spotters across California attests.

Ginkgo biloba, Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Ginkgo biloba, Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Maple, Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Maple, Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/15/15) Jim Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Adams went out this week to capture glorious golden ginkgos and colossal claret-colored liquidambar along the boulevards of Sacramento’s Southside Park. Our state’s capital is a sight to behold in autumn when towering London Plane, Elm, Sycamore and trees of every imaginable variety, planted decades ago to shade the city from scorching summer heat, turn red-hot as Thanksgiving Day approaches.

Los Gatos (11/15/15) Anson Davalos

Los Gatos (11/15/15) Anson Davalos

Los Gatos (11/15/15) Anson Davalos

Los Gatos (11/15/15) Anson Davalos

Los Gatos (11/15/15) Anson Davalos

Los Gatos (11/15/15) Anson Davalos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Santa Clara Valley (AKA Silicon),  Anson Davalos found Los Gatos streets  arched with rufous arbors.

Heavenly bamboo, Murietta (11/15/15) Nancy Wright

Heavenly bamboo, Murietta (11/15/15) Nancy Wright

Liquidambar, Murietta (11/15/15) Nancy Wright

Liquidambar, Murietta (11/15/15) Nancy Wright

Murietta (11/15/15) Nancy Wright

Murietta (11/15/15) Nancy Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, near Riverside, Nancy Wright drove through Murietta to find heavenly bamboo and liquidambar brightening the southland.

What makes California fall color so different from other areas on the continent is that our Mediterranean climate allows many varieties of exotic deciduous trees to flourish. That doesn’t happen elsewhere in North America.  And, that means we get a flush of brilliant color in our gardens, arboretums and urban forests that is incomparable.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – California’s Urban Forests