Entries by John Poimiroo


Lake Sabrina – Nearing Peak

Lake Sabrina moved rapidly from Patchy to Near Peak over the weekend. Bishop color spotter Gary Young captured a bit of haze from So. California fires, softening the sky, but otherwise the color is vibrant, particularly on slopes to the left of the lake. He’s hopeful that northerly winds and cooler temperatures (it’s expected to […]


Colorful Start at Descanso

Some varieties of Japanese maple provide brilliant crimson in autumn. So. California color spotter Julie Kirby found examples at Descanso Gardens this week in La Canada-Flintridge. Last week’s heat wave scorched several of the garden’s maples, though it appears milder temperatures will prevail in the future. It’s still too early for much change elsewhere in […]

Glory, Glory Colorado

Autumnal change appears to be a week late, just about everywhere. Steve Arita spent three days in Crested Butte, Colorado this week and hoped to find Kebler Pass in full Glory. “Unfortunately, that was not the case,” Steve reported. Uh, really Steve!? Colorado looks about as good as anything we’ve seen so far, this autumn. […]

Butterscotch and Pines

Color is Just Starting to develop in the aspen grove near South Lake Tahoe’s Mt. Tallac trailhead, reports SLT color spotter Michelle Pontoni. While aspen are Just Starting, a few are showing “scrub red.” Hike two-hours up the mountain and you’re likely to both be winded and surrounded by more color, she reports. At nearby […]


Sagehen Near Peak, GO NOW!

Color spotter Bruce Wendler reports Sagehen Summit (CA-120E — Mono County) has now topped 50% of color, joining Virginia Lakes as GO NOW! locations. Wendler reports Obsidian Campground on the Little Walker River as Patchy. Sagehen Summit (8,139′) — Near Peak (50 — 75%), GO NOW! Virginia Lakes (9,819′) — Near Peak (50 — 75%), […]

Mapping Fall Color

Each Friday during Autumn, the California Fall Color map (righthand navigation bar) is updated by hand, after reports have been received and verified. So, it lags what’s been reported and is current only on the day it’s been updated. Nevertheless, it is a snapshot of how autumn color is changing across the state. Above is […]


Go Away!

The way they’ve turned their backs on the camera, these American White Pelicans seem to be telling onlookers like Southern California color spotter Kathy Jonokuchi to leave them alone. After all, people, they’d like a little privacy. They just arrived at the Ventura Settling Ponds after a long flight and plan to procreate. As, the […]



Lake Tahoe Historical Society volunteer Bob Harms hands out cards defining what being retired means. He gave one to South Lake Tahoe color spotter Michelle Pontoni this week. It reads: Recreate Educate Travel Innovate Relax Enjoy, and Diversify To a degree, that’s what spotting fall color is all about. Michelle didn’t find much of it […]