Entries by John Poimiroo

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Tastes of Chico

Gingko biloba, Esplanade, Chico (11/19/18) Robert Kermen “Smoke from the Camp Fire has lifted somewhat,” allowing Robert Kermen to get out of his northern Sacramento Valley home to do some errands in Chico. He found gingko biloba in full peak along Chico’s Esplanade and was moved by an American flag, seeing it as a symbol […]

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Peak on the Wing

White pelicans, Lake Hemet (11/18/18) Alena Nicholas White pelicans, Lake Hemet (11/18/18) Alena Nicholas White pelicans, Lake Hemet (11/18/18) Alena Nicholas Sometimes you don’t need fall color to find Peak. Alena Nicholas found it Sunday at Lake Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains, south of Idyllwild. “Great cloud formations and active wildlife made up for […]


A Place of Many Identities

Big Tujunga Creek, Sunland-Tujunga (11/17/18) Ken Lock Sunland-Tujunga is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles by the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Crescenta Valley. Which is to say, Sunland-Tujunga is a place of many identities. Though, in late autumn it is known for its beauty, as captured […]


Feather River Reflections

Red Bridge, Feather River (11/15/18) Michael Beatley Faded glory paralels La Porte Rd from Quincy to the Middle Fork of the Feather River. Plumas County color spotter Michael Beatley found it near Red Bridge, an historic and still active gold mining claim, where clear skies, warm days, low humidity and cold nights have sustained the […]



An old red barn, Oak Glen (11/15/18) Alena Nicholas At a mile high, Oak Glen in the San Bernardino Mountains is now past peak, though you couldn’t tell that from these photos submitted today by Southern California color spotter Alena Nicholas. Unwilling to give up on autumn, Alena headed there today, returning with splashes of […]


Hazy Daze

Haze envelopes Frémont cottonwood, El Dorado Hills (11/14/18) John Poimiroo Haze and smoke from the Camp Fire (Paradise) has residents of the Sacramento Valley wearing paper masks outdoors, as health warnings discourage outdoor activity, just as fall color nears peak. Frémont cottonwood and brush along creeks are otherwise crowned with gold and scarlet at Folsom […]


Autumn In Your Backyard

Blue oak, Quercus douglassii, El Dorado Hills (11/10/18) John Poimiroo Fall color has descended to California’s urban forests with Peak color appearing at elevations below 1,000′, bringing autumn to your backyard. I captured these images during a five-minute walk of my backyard in El Dorado Hills (Sierra Foothills).  Urban Forests — Near Peak to Peak […]


November Peak

Trentadue Winery, Geyserville (11/12/18) David Sharp North Sonoma County vines are “making their fall color move,” reports Sonoma County color spotter David Sharp. He observes that most of the grape vines between Windsor and Cloverdale peak from early to late November, continuing, “In west Sonoma County, where most of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grow, most […]

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Orchard Pickings

Apple tree, Los Rios Orchard, Oak Glen Rd. (11/11/18) Ravi Ranganathan Visiting orchards has become a late-autumn tradition, with Californians heading to Julian for apple dumplings, to Oak Glen for cider-infused mini donuts, to San Luis Obispo for hard cider, to Sebastopol for U-pick apples, to Kelseyville in Lake County for a Pear Belle Helene (pear ice […]

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Special Report: New England

Cambridge (11/8/18) Crys Black While California and the west have experienced exceptional color this autumn, it was disappointing in the northeast. One of the warmest summers on record, one that extended into October and that kept nights warm, was credited for delaying color development across New England. Trees remained green into October.  Then, it rained […]