Entries by John Poimiroo


Early Dormancy

Blue oak (Quercus douglassii) are native to the hot, dry slopes of California’s interior valleys. They survive drought through a series of mechanisms, including the blue, waxy layer atop their leaves which helps reduce water loss in summer. They need very little water. Blue oak will survive on 15 — 30″ of rain a year. […]

Best Outdoor Medium

Californiafallcolor.com was chosen as Medium of the Year within the Outdoor Writers Association of California’s 2021 Excellence in Craft Awards. The site also swept the contest’s Digital Platform category for its photographic essays including 1st Place Siskiyou Sonata and 3rd Place Davis Dessert by Philip Reedy. And the above image was awarded a 2nd Place […]

Bird Feeding is Back

It’s OK again to put out bird feeders, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. An outbreak of Salmonellosis appears to be subsiding in most parts of the state and it’s now relatively safe to resume feeding wild birds again, with the precaution to watch for sick or dead birds at feeders. Should that […]


We’re Number One!

In losing trees, that is. According to a study done by LawnStarter, California leads the nation in deforestation. LawnStarter compared the 50 states and District of Columbia across eight key metrics and over four time periods to determine where tree cover has shrunk most. They found that California led significantly over second-place Oregon in overall […]

All Things Super

On the morning following the Super Pink Moon (so named after the herb Floss pink, also called Creeping phlox, which native people identified as blooming during the May super moon), Steve Arita rose early and sent these dawn images of a superbloom of native Lupine near Rattlesnake Bar at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Another […]


Fascinating Frozen Facts

In winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports, when other trees are dormant, quaking aspen are energy producers. That’s because they “continue to photosynthesize in their greenish-tinged bark, even after their leaves have dropped.” It is this living bark layer, which contains chlorophyll and can carry out photosynthesis, that makes the aspen so remarkable […]


Azusa Splash

Steve Shinn was exploring the San Gabriel River this past week when to his surprise a splash of remnant peak color brightened the stream above Azusa. He returned to Long Beach finding Anna’s hummingbirds also brightening his yard. San Gabriel River — Past Peak, You Missed It.

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A Dry Spell For Mycophiles

While most Californians are enjoying this winter’s warm, sunny days, mycophile Gabriel Leete is out wandering the woods in disappointment as he dejectedly walks past the ink caps of Coprinopsis picacea, commonly called the Magpie Mushroom in Anderson. Normally, a wet winter causes all sorts of mushrooms to push up. So far, it’s been “fairly […]

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Happy New Year!

Sometimes, the best Christmas presents arrive late. Mark Hanning-Lee waited until the new year to send these shots, taken at Joshua Tree National Park on the Christmas weekend. The Deserts is the last of California’s regions to peak and then, you have to know where the few winter deciduous trees can be seen. Hanning-Lee found […]