Warm days (80s) have returned to California this week, though rain and snow are predicted for the coming weekend. A return to warmer weather is actually just fine for sustained fall color, since warm days and cool nights intensify color.
Barbara Steinberg sends this lovely photograph of the Hakone Gardens in San Jose and Scott, a hiker who blogs at http://one-thousand-miles.blogspot.com/ reports orange and gold appearing among the black oak along the Observatory trail on Mt. Palomar in Southern California.
We were in West Hollywood, Los Angeles and Pasadena this past weekend and saw very little color change among the few deciduous trees evident, there. Pleasant temperatures in the 70s and 80s will provide a much appreciated Indian Summer across California this week.