A road trip from the Sierra Foothills to Silicon Valley and back, today, provided opportunities to see how color is developing along the I-80, I-680 and I-880 corridors. In a word, it is “glorious.”
GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Sacramento – Piles of leaves along Sacramento streets are a sure sign that the fall color is past peak on some species. Sycamore are among them, though other large species in Sacramento are still yellow and orange, with spots of red. Land Park, south of U.S. 50 and the Fabulous 40s in midtown have the best displays of color.
GO NOW! 75 – 100% – Dixon Agricultural Corridor – Orchards between Davis and Vacaville are at peak.
GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon – Native oak are softly pastel orange, while exotic species are blazing. Color spotter Linnea Wahamaki sent along these shots taken this past week at the Livery Shopping Center in Danville. We tip our hat to Danville which, Linnea reports, “Does a good job of planting and protecting trees, and is really gorgeous during the autumn season – as is evident by these stunning trees!” Danville is one of California’s Cities of Trees, even with a landmark oak that has it’s own Yelp page.
GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – San Francisco Peninsula – The Peninsula communities of Burlingame, Hillsborough, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton are providing the best show of color in the Bay Area.
GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Silicon Valley – The Santa Clara County communities of Campbell, Los Gatos and San Jose are dressed in fall foliage. Brilliant stands of gingko are found along the boulevards. Before it became known as Silicon Valley (for the silicon chips produced here by Intel), the Santa Clara Valley was known for growing fruit (apricots, plums and other tree fruit).
Today, a pomegranate bush along Pine in San Jose was heavy with ripe fruit.