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Indian Rhubarb Begins Its Firey-Orange Show

Sun ,25/09/2016
Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Sharon Roberts of the St. Bernard Lodge (10 mi. west of Chester/Lake Almanor) reports that the Indian Rhubarb (Darmera peltata) – also known as the umbrella plant – have begun their showy fall display of firey orange beside Deer Creek in the Shasta Cascade.

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Indian Rhubarb, Deer Creek, CA-32 (9/25/16) Sharon Roberts

Deer Creek runs beside portions of CA-32, approximately 50 miles east of Chico. Enter the “Alder Creek Campground” in your nav device to find it. At elevation 3,900′, Deer Creek is 20 miles west of Chester.

Along its banks the fan-leaved plant turns bright orange-red at peak in early October. Presently the color is at the low end of Patchy, though examples of brilliant color can be found.

They provide dramatic contrast to nearby yellow bigleaf maple and orange black oak. Indian rhubarb is one of California’s most colorful and distinctive autumn plants and its most beautiful populations are found in Tehama and Plumas Counties.

Continuing northeast on CA-32, the road intersects CA-36. Turn left and you’re about ten miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park with its crimson knot weed, gold-orange Lemmon’s willow, yellow alder and golden cottonwood.

Turn right and you travel toward Chester.  If you pass through Chester and continue east, you reach Susanville where colorful foliage grows beside the Susan River.

Turn south along the west shore of Lake Almanor (before reaching Chester) and you head toward the Indian Valley and Quincy, prime color viewing areas in the northern Sierra Nevada.

For more about planning a visit to the area, CLICK HERE and to camp at Alder Creek, CLICK HERE, and to stay at St. Bernard Lodge, CLICK HERE.

Alder Creek Campground, CA-32 (3,900′) – Patchy (10-50%) 

 

How Big is Big?

Fri ,06/11/2015
Bigleaf maple, Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

When it comes to California bigleaf maple, how Big is big?

Jeff Luke Titcomb reports that bigleaf maple leaves along Indian Creek in Plumas County are as big as “8” wide and equally as long.”

The big leaves are still bright yellow along creeks and river bottoms near Greenville.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Indian Creek, Plumas County 

Snow Dusts The Shasta Cascade

Tue ,03/11/2015
Keddie Ridge (11/3/15) Jeff Titcomb

Keddie Ridge (11/3/15) Jeff Titcomb

Snow dusted high peaks across the Shasta Cascade today, but has left lower elevations still peaking.

Color spotter Jeff Titcomb found this contrast between snow atop Indian Head, a peak along Keddie Ridge in the northern Sierra Nevada and black oaks peaking near Greenville in Plumas County.

At Indian Falls near the Feather River, Jeff found willows still vibrant yellow.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Plumas County

Willow, Indian Falls (11/3/15) Jeff Titcomb

Willow, Indian Falls (11/3/15) Jeff Titcomb

 

Oaks Take Charge In Plumas County

Tue ,27/10/2015
Black oaks, Hideaway Rd., Greenville (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Black oaks, Hideaway Rd., Greenville (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Native black oaks have taken charge of the autumn show in Plumas County where they are suddenly showing brilliant tones of lime, yellow, orange and red.

Round Valley (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Round Valley (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Black oak, Plumas County (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Black oak, Plumas County (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Round Valley (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Round Valley (10/26/15) Jeff Titcomb

Color spotter Jeff Titcomb reports that the black oak are now the dominant color provider along Hideaway Road in Greenville and the Canyon Road to Round Valley.  Both are glowing boulevards lined with the sturdy beauties.

Approaching Lake Almanor, black oaks dapple the sky with bright color while rosy Pacific dogwood mix in on the forest floor.

Black oaks are California’s Halloween tree, with their often brilliant large orange leaves and black stems, branches and trunks.  Jeff believes the black oaks to provide more durable color than other Plumas County species, brightening the forest with changing color for as much as a month.

He writes, “The trees with full sun exposure sure seem red and then down the spectrum with some green still showing… they deepen every single day, and the sun shining through the canopy is like a dream.”

Big Creek Rd, Plumas County (10/25/15) John Sheehan

Big Creek Rd, Plumas County (10/25/15) John Sheehan

Color spotter Karen Moritz says Plumas County’s legendary golden splash of bigleaf maple have not popped, as normal, this autumn, with disappointing color.  Dogwood have provided some color, as seen in John Sheehan’s shot of Big Creek Rd. taken to Buck’s Lake, and as previously reported in the Round Valley.

Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Round Valley – Take the Canyon Road from Round Valley toward Lake Almanor to pass through a boulevard of colorful black oak trees. Big Creek Rd. toward Buck’s Lake has spots of rosy dogwood.

Postcard: Gallimauphry

Tue ,20/10/2015
Sunrise Over Silver Lake (10/9/15) Nancy Wright

Sunrise Over Silver Lake (10/9/15) Nancy Wright

We’re now getting so many beautiful photographs of fall color each day, that sometimes there are just too many good ones to post separately.

So, Gallimauphry is our collection of assorted wonders. This collection includes some historic shots (more than a week old) and though we don’t usually post older images, as they could mislead travelers as to what’s showing, we’ll occasionally mix a few in these postcard selections, such as Nancy Wright’s shot of Sunrise Over Silver Lake (above) shot in early October in Mono County.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Get there at dawn, and
  2. There’s always next year.
Spanish Creek, Plumas County (10/19/15) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek, Plumas County (10/19/15) Mike Nellor

Mike Nellor, a color spotter in the Quincy area, sends us this shot of Spanish Creek as it flows through Oakland Camp, east of Quincy. Plumas County color spotter Karen Moritz reports that Bucks Lake is now at 75% and the area around Quincy is peaking.  The Indian Valley, also in Plumas County, is Near Peak.

Lundy Canyon (10/20/15) Josh Wray

Lundy Canyon (10/20/15) Josh Wray

Josh Wray sends this peakaboo glimpse of how the color is developing in Lundy Canyon (Mono County).  Yes, it’s still Near Peak.

First Report: Black Oaks of the Thompson Valley

Mon ,19/10/2015
Black Oak, Thompson Valley (10/18/15) Mike Nellor

Black Oak, Thompson Valley (10/18/15) Mike Nellor

Black oak, Thompson Valley (10/18/15) Mike Nellor

Black oak, Thompson Valley (10/18/15) Mike Nellor

Black oak, Thompson Valley (10/18/15) Mike Nellor

Black oak, Thompson Valley (10/18/15) Mike Nellor

Plumas County color spotter Mike Nellor scores a First Report with these shots of barns in the Thompson Valley.

Located southeast of Quincy, the Thompson Valley is ranch country, with lots of cattle grazing and big black oaks edging the pastures. Many backroads lead to stands of black oak and bigleaf maple. Mike reports this area as 60% peaked, and it should be full peak by Halloween.

Near Peak GO NOW! (50-75%) – Thompson Valley, Plumas 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.

Shasta Cascade Sugars Up

Sat ,03/10/2015
Aspen, Plumas County (10/2/15) Jeff Titcomb

Aspen, Plumas County (10/2/15) Jeff Titcomb

Sugar Maple, Mt. Shasta (10/2/15) Ashley Hollgarth

Sugar Maple, Mt. Shasta (10/2/15) Ashley Hollgarth

Color spotters Jeff Titcomb and Ashley Hollgarth send these snaps from the Shasta Cascade (California’s northeast corner, a lightly populated part of the state that is as big as the state of Ohio).

Jeff notes that yellow quaking aspen and rosy western dogwood are nearing peak in Plumas County, though golden bigleaf maple and orange black oak have not yet developed.

Look to the streams in Plumas County and along the upper reaches of the Feather River to see the big fan-shaped leaves of Indian Rhubarb turning flame orange and gold.

Ashley continues to report on the progress of exotic sugar maples in the town of Mt. Shasta.

As seen in this photo of a sugar maple that she’s photographed near the U.S. Forest Service office in Mt. Shasta, the tree has changed from greenish-brown to ruby in the past week.

Several eastern sugar maples were planted along city streets throughout the town of Mt. Shasta, and, with snow-flecked Mt. Shasta seen in the distance, they provide a picture-postcard image of autumn in the Cascades.

Patchy (10-50%) – Plumas County

Patchy (10-50%) – Siskiyou County

Bloody Good

Tue ,29/09/2015
Blood Moon over Mt. Shasta (9/27/15) Cory Poole

Blood Moon over Mt. Shasta (9/27/15) Cory Poole

Cory Poole’s photograph of this past weekend’s eclipse of the moon over Mt. Shasta can only be described as “Bloody Good.”

Poole is a high school teacher who combines an eye for astronomy and landscapes in his photography.  Like many photographers who contribute their work to California Fall Color, he sells prints of his work. If you see any photographs on this site (including this bloody good image) of which you would like to buy a professionally printed reproduction, email editor(at)californiafallcolor.com and we’ll put you in touch with the photographer.

Dogwood, Plumas County (9/25/15) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (9/25/15) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Rhubarb, Feather River (9/25/15) Mike Nellor

Indian Rhubarb, Feather River (9/25/15) Mike Nellor

Other photographers providing work from the Shasta Cascade this week are Mike Nellor and Jeff Titcomb.

Mike captures the first coloration of Indian Rhubarb along a stream, while Jeff creates a still life of changing dogwood leaves.

Weekend Roundup: Snow and Glory

Sat ,01/11/2014
Narrow Gate Vineyards (11/1/14) John Poimiroo

Narrow Gate Vineyards (11/1/14) John Poimiroo

Pomegranates are the color of fall at Boa Vista in Apple Hill (10/30/14 John Poimiroo

Pomegranates are the color of fall at Boa Vista in Apple Hill (10/30/14 John Poimiroo

Grape tubs are full of rainfall at Narrow Gate Vineyards (11/1/14) John Poimiroo

Grape tubs are full of rainfall at Narrow Gate Vineyards (11/1/14) John Poimiroo

Counoise vines at Holly's Hill Winery (11/1/14) John Poimiroo

Counoise vines at Holly’s Hill Winery (11/1/14) John Poimiroo

Color spotters from around the state have sent reports on what’s showing as November and daylight saving time arrives.

Western El Dorado County (Near Peak 50 -75%) – The brilliant orange-red of exotic Chinese pistache is a show stopper along El Dorado Hills Boulevard and at all US 50 exits in Placerville.  Newtown Rd between Placerville and Pleasant Valley is a veritable canopy of yellow and lime bigleaf maple with occasional orange flushes of black oak. This is one of the most beautiful drives in the Gold Country, though has few turnouts, so you have to stop before or after you see the color to photograph it.  GO NOW!

Apple Hill (Near Peak 50-75%) – Apple orchards, fruit trees and vineyards are a blend of yellow, gold and green. GO NOW!

Sierra Foothills Wineries and Vineyards (Near Peak 75-100%) – Counoise and Grenache vineyards at Holly’s Hill and Narrow Gate wineries in the Pleasant Valley area south of Placerville are a mix of lime, yellow, orange and red.  GO NOW!

Beckstoffer Vineyards, Ukiah (10/29/14) Walter Gabler

Beckstoffer Vineyards, Ukiah (10/29/14) Walter Gabler

Ukiah Valley (Near Peak – 50-75%) – North coast color spotter Walter Gabler reports that Mendocino County vineyards are near peak in the Ukiah Valley. Vineyards tend to change by variety.  Because of this, it’s difficult to know which are peaking and which are progressing toward peak. Our advice, regarding all wineries, is to visit anytime from early October to mid November and there is likely to be color in their vineyards. GO NOW!

Monument Campground, Lake Camanche (10/30/14) Terry Willard

Monument Campground, Lake Camanche (10/30/14) Terry Willard

Lake Camanche (Near Peak 50 – 75%) – Colorful fremont cottonwood and exotic trees are reflected in the Monument Campgrounds trout pond, providing an idyllic setting for RVers. GO NOW!

Castle Crags State Park (10/30/14) Cory Poole

Castle Crags State Park (10/30/14) Cory Poole

Castle Crags State Park (Near Peak 50 – 75%) – Cory Poole posted this photo of Castle Crags State Park on California Fall Color’s Facebook page, showing how the color is developing in Shasta County. GO NOW!

Tilden Park, Berkeley  (11/1/14) Sandy Steinman

Tilden Park, Berkeley (11/1/14) Sandy Steinman

Tilden Park, Berkeley  (11/1/14) Sandy Steinman

Tilden Park, Berkeley (11/1/14) Sandy Steinman

Tilden Park, Berkeley  (11/1/14) Sandy Steinman

Tilden Park, Berkeley (11/1/14) Sandy Steinman

Tilden Park, Berkeley (Patchy 10 – 50%) – Color spotty Sandy Steinman reports that fall color at East Bay Regional Parks’ Botanic Garden is mixed.  He writes there are no grand displays, but some nice color spots. Some decidous trees have peaked while other are still showing green.

Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/31/14) Mike Nellor

Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/31/14) Mike Nellor

Aspendell (10/31/14) Steve Wolfe

Aspendell (10/31/14) Steve Wolfe

High Sierra (Peak 75 – 100%) – Three to six inches of snow fell in the High Sierra this weekend.  That’s a dusting of snow by Sierra standards.  Steve Wolfe and Mike Nellor captured snow and fall color in Inyo and Plumas Counties.  The combination of fall color and snow is dramatic and emotional, as seen in Mike’s shot of Oakland Camp.  This does not mean the fall color show has ended, only that it has moved to a different stage. GO NOW!

Owens Valley (10/31/14) Steve Wolfe

Owens Valley (10/31/14) Steve Wolfe

Owens Valley (10/31/14) Steve Wolfe

Owens Valley (10/31/14) Steve Wolfe

Owens Valley (Peak – 75 – 100%) – Color spotter Steve Wolfe – on departing the Eastern Sierra provided this last report on the Owens Valley, where rabbitbrush, willows and black cottonwood are peaking with gorgeous tones of orange, yellow and gold. GO NOW!

Switzer Falls Trail (11/1/14) Dan Riley

Switzer Falls Trail (11/1/14) Dan Riley

Switzer Falls Trail (11/1/14) Dan Riley

Switzer Falls Trail (11/1/14) Dan Riley

Switzer Falls (Past Peak) – Dan Riley sent these photos of: Switzer Falls in the Angeles National Forest.  The forest floor is orange with spent maple and black oak leaves. The Switzer Falls trail is an area from which we’ve not received photos, previously.  A tip for photographers – take pictures of places not seen on this site previously and you’re almost assured of getting them posted. YOU MISSED IT.