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Train Spotting Meets Color Spotting

Wed ,09/11/2016
Black oak, Keddie Wye, Plumas County (11/7/16) Dennis Hayes

Black oak, Clear Creek Trestle, Plumas County (11/4/16) Dennis Hayes

Railfans consider the Keddie Wye to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Western Pacific Railroad World.

It is a railroad junction in the form of a “wye” on the Union Pacific Railroad in Plumas County at the town of Keddie.  The wye joins the east-west Feather River Route with a branch line (the “Inside Gateway”) north to Bieber. What makes the wye so attractive is that locomotives and their trains traveling across it provide photogenic subjects for train spotters.

Though, at this time of year, orange-colored peaking black oak in the forest near the wye are just as attractive to color spotters, as Dennis Hayes demonstrates in his vibrant photograph of the Clear Creek trestle taken on Hwy 70/89 over Spanish Creek, about 1/3-mile northeast of the Keddie Wye.

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

Chance of Rain
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High 51°/Low 34°
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High 57°/Low 32°
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High 63°/Low 38°

Peak of the Week: Indian Creek

Thu ,27/10/2016
Black Oak, Indian Valley, Plumas County (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Black Oak, Indian Valley, Plumas County (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Rhubarb, Indian Creek (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Rhubarb, Indian Creek (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Creek, Plumas County (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Creek, Plumas County (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Rhubarb, Indian Creek (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Rhubarb, Indian Creek (10/26/16) Jeff Titcomb

Indian Creek in Plumas County (Northern Sierra) is painted with color with Indian rhubarb at full brilliance, dogwood and bigleaf maple showing pink and yellow and black oak beginning to turn bright orange.

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

Glorious Indian Rhubarb Near Quincy

Fri ,21/10/2016
Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek at Oakland Camp, Quincy (10/20/16) Mike Nellor

Spanish Creek

Spanish Creek

Bold splashes of harlequin colored Indian rhubarb (Darmera peltata) brighten Spanish Creek at Oakland Recreation Camp near Quincy, as captured by local color spotter Mike Nello with his Samsung CSC.

This is the first weekend to see peak color in Plumas County. The best way to find fall color is to use the California Fall Color map on this site and go to those areas showing Near Peak to Peak color.

Exploring Plumas County’s backroads in the Shasta Cascade region never disappoints.

Spanish Creek at Spanish Camp, Quincy – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

Greenville… No Longer Green

Thu ,20/10/2016
Black oak, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Black oak, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Near Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Near Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood approaching Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood approaching Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Black oak and bigleaf maple, Indian Creek, (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood and bigleaf maple, Indian Creek, (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Hideaway Road, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Hideaway Road, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Greenville in the Northern Sierra of Plumas County is hardly living up to its name any longer, as fall color is accenting the town with auburn, crimson, pink, hot orange, umber, yellow, buff and lime splashes.

There are so many bright colors to be seen that, for the next three weeks, we propose that Greenville be renamed, “Crayolaville.”

Color spotter Jeff Luke Titcomb traveled Plumas County’s byways to return with these images of what’s happening up north.

He found dogwood, bigleaf maple and black oak providing the predominant colors and reports, “The valley is dropping leaves but the canyon roads are beautiful and holding strong.

“Oaks and dogwoods still have time for color change, the big leaf maples are at full color now.”

Give Greenville three weeks of awesome color.

Greenville, Plumas County – Near Peak (50-100%) GO NOW!

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High 60°/Low 38°
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High 62°/Low 34°
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High 60°/Low 36°
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High 67°/Low 39°

Plumas County Comes Out to Play

Thu ,06/10/2016
Dogwood, Plumas County (10/5/16) Mike Nellor

Dogwood, Plumas County (10/5/16) Mike Nellor

So much attention is given to the Eastern Sierra at the start of each autumn, that Plumas County must feel like the last kid picked to play. But, when Plumas County eventually steps up, it plays big.

At the northern end of the Sierra Nevada, and part of Califoria’s vast Shasta Cascade tourism region, Plumas County is a major leaguer in its own right.

Bigleaf maple, Plumas County (10/5/16) Mike Nellor

Bigleaf maple, Plumas County (10/5/16) Mike Nellor

Indian Rhubarb, Plumas County (10/5/16) Mike Nellor

Indian Rhubarb, Plumas County (10/5/16) Mike Nellor

The Eastern Sierra has quaking aspen and, well, cottonwood and willows.  But Plumas? It’s got aspen, bigleaf maple, cottonwood, black oak, dogwood, willow, alder and gloriously showy Indian rhubarb.

The Eastern Sierra presents grand landscapes, while Plumas has rural charm… white steepled churches embraced by deep orange oaks, barns sitting in a sea of color and those rhubarb draped over the edges and reflected in still streams.

Mike Nellor, a local photographer and color spotter reports that the show is just emerging in Plumas County, with its capital city, Quincy now coloring up at nearby Oakland Camp and the rhubarb, as reported last week, are turning firey orange-red.

Plumas is in the game and out to play.

Plumas County – Patchy (10-50%)

Chance of Rain
Wednesday
Chance of Rain
High 64°/Low 40°
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Partly Cloudy
High 63°/Low 36°
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Clear
High 61°/Low 36°
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Clear
High 69°/Low 40°

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.