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NBC Bay Area Ready for Foliage

Tue ,23/08/2016
NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area

Always an encouraging sign is when other media notice our reports.  NBC Bay Area is one of them.

Posted this week on their blog (which is consistently on top of trends) was the declaration from blogger Alysia Gray Painter that though “the autumn equinox is still a month off… a popular leaf-peeping blog (hey, that’s us!) is up and running for 2016.”

OK, so we’re “popular” but not yet trending. Nonetheless, that’s still about as early a nod as California Fall Color has ever gotten.

Could it be that more than we are anxious to see autumn arrive?

Sierra Nevada Tree Identifier

Tue ,23/08/2016
Sierra Nevada Tree Identifier, Jim Paruk

Sierra Nevada Tree Identifier, Jim Paruk

Jim Paruk’s Sierra Nevada Tree Identifier is an indispensable tool for fall color photographers and viewers.

The 126-page book includes black and white illustrations by Elizabeth Morales (needles, leaves, fruit, nuts, flowers/bracts, cones and pods) and detailed descriptions of 44 native trees found in the Sierra Nevada.

Paruk points out that “By knowing your approximate altitude, field identification of certain trees can be greatly simplified,” noting that “similarly-appearing sugar and western white pines grow at different elevations (the sugar pine is lower).”

The book is particularly helpful in identifying cone-bearing trees (pine, nutmeg, yew, fir, hemlock, cedar, sequoia and juniper), though for the fall color viewer, it is helpful in separating broad-leaved trees, as well. Of particular help is the section on willows, whose leaves are identical to the untrained eye.

An important omission, however, is any description of fall color to be seen in the leaves. Paruk fails to specify colors commonly displayed by Sierra Nevada trees (e.g., California black oak leaves turn orange in autumn).

Published by the Yosemite Conservancy, the book is available at Amazon.com and is sold at the California Welcome Center in Mammoth Lakes for $9.95.

Best Outdoor Site in California

Sun ,22/05/2016

CaliforniaFallColor.com was named California’s Best Outdoor Internet Site tonight by the Outdoor Writers Association of California.

Last year, OWAC named CaliforniaFallColor.com the state’s Best Outdoor Medium.

We express our thanks to our readers and contributors who have helped make CaliforniaFallColor.com what it is.

How Will Climate Change Affect Fall Color?

Tue ,17/11/2015

DNews offers its view of what’s happening to fall color, because of climate change.  Will it mean that pumpkin spice lattes will be a summer drink, in the future?

DNews reports that as a result of global warming, hardwood forests are moving north at a pace of 6.25 feet a year.  That means that in only 1.4 million years, there’ll be no fall color maples and birch left to see in the contiguous 48 U.S. states!

Learn all of DNews’ horrifying predictions by viewing this video:

 

Seeing From A New Perspective

Mon ,02/11/2015
Little Walker Lake (10/19/14) Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake (10/19/14) Alicia Vennos

“This could be the best fall ever. Why not?,” Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine poses, while musing over whether a splash of leftover coffee in his onions made them better.

His random tome challenges us to see life from a new perspective, and that autumn is the season that forces introspection.  CLICK HERE to read his column.

Look Who’s Talking

Wed ,28/10/2015
The Coast News

The Coast News

Autumnal change is making news across California, as numerous media have turned to CaliforniaFallColor.com for fall color updates.

Already, numerous reports and photographs have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle), KLIV (San Jose), KNX (Los Angeles), KGO (San Francisco), KCRA-TV3 (Sacramento), Westways (So. Calif. AAA), Examiner.com, KNTV-TV11 (San Jose), KFBK (Sacramento), KGO-TV7 (San Francisco),  in countless reports by television meteorologists, even in small community news outlets like The Coast News (San Diego County).

This Week in Plumas County by Mike Nellor

Fri ,16/10/2015

Mike Nellor shares this video taken off LaPorte Road near Quincy. Many of the best fall color trails are forest service dirt and gravel roads that lead from main roads in the Shasta Cascade.

Seen in the video are rosy dogwood and golden bigleaf maple.

Big Bear’s Burnt Aspen to Recover, Beautifully

Fri ,16/10/2015
Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

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

A grove of California Aspen near Big Bear in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, listed as one of only two naturally-occurring aspen groves in Southern California, will recover from this past year’s Summer’s Lake fire in a couple of years, according to a report in Big Bear Today.

The article quotes Steve Alarid of the USDA Forest Service who predicts that, “Aspens are going to dominate this area for the next 50 year,” because the entire forest was incinerated.

Alarid was quoted as saying that both pine and aspen have coexisted in Southern California since the Ice Age, “in deep canyons where cooler air settles…” and where there are, “…creeks flowing nearby.”

For the aspen, however, “shade” was their biggest enemy, but now that the surrounding pine forest was consumed, the aspen whose root system is intact will flourish.

Already, juvenile aspen stems are seen sticking up out of the charcoal forest floor at “Aspen Grove,” and that color will begin to reemerge in two years,”their green presence in the Moon-like landscape is a welcome reminder that popular Aspen Grove, closed for the next year or so after the inferno, will be back,” Alarid said.

Willows are also recovering quickly.  Big Bear Today reported that some willow shoots, “are six feet high already.”

 

Out&About in Westways

Mon ,05/10/2015
Out&About, Westways, October 2015

Out&About, Westways, October 2015

CaliforniaFallColor.com was contacted by the Auto Club of Southern California for advice on where to find fall color within an easy drive of Southern California.  The advice appeared in “Falling for Color,” an article in Westways’ October number.

Travel writer Paul Lasley got it right when he concluded the article by writing, “Fall color can happen fast in California and be spectacular — you just have to be ready.”

Westways, October 2015

Westways, October 2015

A Week of Photos In Review

Fri ,02/10/2015
North Lake (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

North Lake (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

North Lake (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

North Lake (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

Sunrise, Tioga Pass (9/30/15) Alena Nicholas

Sunrise, Tioga Pass (9/30/15) Alena Nicholas

 

So many photographers send great photos to share with CaliforniaFallColor.com readers, that we often don’t have time to post them.  Let’s make that up, today.

Anyone can send photos.  The best way to get your photos published is to email them to editor(at)californiafallcolor.com.

Photos should be large enough to post. 1,000k is best, though we can use photos down to about 250k.

The top five photos, each week, are (with the photographer’s permission) sent to media for placement on their websites on television (weather reports) and in newspapers.  This is a great way to get published and garner exposure from a major medium.  For these, we need high resolution shots (300 dpi).

We’re unable to promise to publish every photo, but when a photo is of a place we don’t see very often or is exceptional, we try our best to post it.

Here are some of the best photos received this past week from color spotters across California.  Enjoy.  We sure did.

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Dogwood, Yosemite Valley (10/1/15) Alena Nicholas

Bishop Creek (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

Bishop Creek (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

Blue Lake above Big Virginia Lake (9/27/15) Kevin Randick

Blue Lake above Big Virginia Lake (9/27/15) Kevin Lennox

Tioga Pass (10/1/15) Alena Nicholas

Tioga Pass (10/1/15) Alena Nicholas

Tioga Pass (10/1/15) Alena Nicholas

Tioga Pass (10/1/15) Alena Nicholas

Bishop Creek (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken

S. Fork Bishop Creek (9/27/15) Elliott McCucken