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SF Chronicle Busting the Myth of No Fall Color

Sat ,16/11/2013
Grape Leaves, Napa Valley (File Photo) John Poimiroo

Grape Leaves, Napa Valley (File Photo) John Poimiroo

Writing on the San Francisco Chronicle’s blog (SFGate.com), Christine del Sol busts the myth that California doesn’t have fall color (that’s a “No, duh!” to anyone who reads this blog, though a revelation to many coast-bound Californios).

CLICK HERE to be linked through to her story and see favorite photos from past fall displays. Hats off to color spotters Krisdina Karady, ShaleAnn Cluff, Jared Smith, Nicholas Barnhart, Kimberly Kofala, Rob McSkimming, Scott McGuire, Will Klair, Frank McDonough and Todd Stepien whose photos were chosen for the gallery of photos of California Fall Color.

Thank you, too, Christine and The Chron for recognizing the work of California Fall Color and its many color spotters.

Cattails at Mono Lake

Sat ,26/10/2013
Cattails (typha), Mono Lake County Park (10/25/13) Aki Yamakawa

Cattails, Mono Lake County Park (10/21/13) Aki Yamakawa

Color spotter Aki Yamakawa sends us a Flickr file of photos taken last weekend in the Eastern Sierra.  Aki-san says he often rides his sport bike to the Eastern Sierra in autumn to photograph the fall color.  This weekend is likely the last big one to see the color change at that elevation.  CLICK HERE to see Aki-san’s photos.

 

More Mono Images

Tue ,15/10/2013
Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Here’s a selection of nice photos taken this past weekend in Mono County by Rachel Jackson.

June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

RJackson - Silver Lake 2

Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

The Face of Fall – LA Times

Tue ,15/10/2013
Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

When compiling a photo gallery of the Face of Fall Around the World, Catherine Hamm, travel editor of the Los Angeles Times, asked us if we’d contact Lisa Wilkerson-Willis to obtain her permission for the Times to post Lisa’s fabulous picture of aspen lit with golden light in San Bernardino National Forest.  Of course, we were delighted to do so.  We’d do that for any color spotter or photog who lets us show their work.  Lisa’s photograph joins other images of autumn around the world, taken by some of the world’s greatest photographers.  Way to go, Lisa!  To see what the LA Times posted, CLICK HERE.

Biblical Revelation – The Burning Bush

Tue ,15/10/2013
Dogwood, Yosemite National Park (10/4/04) John Poimiroo

Dogwood, Yosemite National Park (10/4/04) John Poimiroo

Could Moses’ burning bush actually have been fall color?  That’s the revelation Joe Willis proposes in his blog, Black Oak Naturalist.  It seems Joe was exploring (no surprise, he’s constantly searching for magical discoveries) when he came upon a flame red dogwood in a brown wood absent of other color.  It glowed so red hot, that the “godwood” appeared to be burning.  There is wonder in the woods, as John Muir so often told us.  We have only to walk in reverie to find its magic.

Hiking to Serendipity

Sun ,13/10/2013
Aspen, South of Mammoth Lakes (10/13/13) Susan Taylor

Sierra Fall Creek Cabin, US 395, South of Mammoth Lakes (10/11/13) Susan Taylor

Photographer Susan Taylor was hiking south of Mammoth Lakes, off US 395, when she happened upon this cabin among golden aspen by a creek.  A talented artist, Susan made the most of the moment, proving again that “seren” is the best kind of “dipity.”  CLICK HERE to see more of her work.

Redwoods Reviewed

Sun ,13/10/2013
Bigleaf maple and moss, Prairie Creek State Park, Humboldt County (10/13/13) Adam Nilsson-Weiskott

Bigleaf maple and moss, Prairie Creek State Park, Humboldt County (10/13/13) Adam Nilsson-Weiskott

Nature observer Sandy Steinman (see blog at left)  took a trip north to Redwood National and State Parks this past week and provides a good guide to the parks.  CLICK HERE to read Sandy’s remarks. The national park is closed, due to the shutdown, though most of the parks along the Redwood Coast are state parks and all of them remain open.  Fall color is an added reason to visit the redwoods, though it’s not a prime reason to make the trip.  Spots of color are seen among the redwoods and in non-redwood forests along The Redwood Highway.  Still, this is California’s greatest boulevard and must be driven.  We can think of no finer season than autumn in which to see it.

Color spotter  Adam Nilsson-Weiskotts sends photos of changing bigleaf maple, alder and bay laurel among the redwood forests of the North Coast, reminding us that “time does not stand still in the Redwoods.” He reports, “The contrast of green moss and fog-shrouded bigleaf maple with their brilliant shades of orange, yellow and brown is truly a sight to behold and at peak, right now.  The best colors can be seen along Prairie Creek Trail which is populated with bigleaf maples.

Bigleaf maple, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (10/13/13) Adam Nilsson-Weiskott

Bigleaf maple, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (10/13/13) Adam Nilsson-Weiskott

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (10/13/13) Adam Nilsson-Weiskott

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (10/13/13) Adam Nilsson-Weiskott

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Redwood National and State Parks - Bigleaf maple, alder and bay laurel are in full color along the drainages within the parks.  The state parks remain open, though gated areas of the national parks are closed during the federal shutdown.  No worries, as there are far more state park areas to view.

Mono Lake As Seen By Michael Frye

Sun ,13/10/2013

Professional photographer Michael Frye (see his blog at left) is an enduring and respected chronicler of Yosemite and the High Sierra.  This past week, he traveled across Tioga Pass to Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra where he photographed fall color under a dusting of snow.  He notes that the snow didn’t greatly damage the color, which has been our experience.  It will spot leaves, but because snow falls often without wind, the leaves are not taken away.  This weekend has been beautiful in the high country, with clear skies and dazzling color.  CLICK HERE to read Michael’s observations.

LA Times Gives CalifFallColor A Nod

Wed ,09/10/2013

Chris Erskine of the travel desk at the LA Times posted a nod to California Fall Color for our reporting of what’s happening at Mammoth Lakes this week.  CLICK HERE to read the story.

Capture California Recommends #FallColor

Mon ,07/10/2013
Brockway Summit (Hwy 267) - (10/5/13) - John Poimiroo

Brockway Summit (Hwy 267) – (10/5/13) – John Poimiroo

The outdoor social media game, Capture California has created six new game “adventures” to encourage teams to search for California Fall Color.  The adventures are titled, Deliver Dogwood, Colorful Cottonwood, Going Bigleaf, Capture a Rhubarb (Indian, that is), Amazing Arboretums, and Fall Color Bonus.  There’s also “First Gold,” an adventure that sends teams in search of aspen.

Capture California is a free game in which teams of two to three players post photos of their outdoor adventures on social media, to win prizes from REI, Southwest Airlines and Apple.

What is your favorite California Fall Color plant that’s missing from their list of adventures?