Entries by John Poimiroo

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Holiday Nuts

I received more than my share of gift nuts this holiday season, including this snap of a California black walnut at peak in the Santa Monica Mountains sent by Peter Asco. He writes, “Despite wind, low temperatures and winter’s arrival,” … this full color tree is “a lesson on hope, faith, and the resilience of […]

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See You Next Autumn, Dude

It was unseasonably warm on the final day of autumn. Temperatures rose to the high 50s in Sacramento and were predicted to rise to 65° in Downieville where Philip and Jane Reedy were headed to take fly fishing photographs. However, when they arrived at Phil’s favorite “secret spot” along the North Yuba River, he was […]

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Honey and Jelly

Honey and Jelly are being found in the Shasta Cascade. You might consider that statement to be odd for a site that specializes in fall color, but the honey and jelly being described here are fungi. Late rain has caused the late appearances of honey and jelly fungi, and Redding color spotter Gabriel Leete found […]

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OC Orange

It’s orange in Orange County along the southern end of Peters Canyon Regional Park where Near Peak color hangs on. OC color spotter Mark Hanning-Lee walked ten minutes from the park’s south entrance along the Mountains to the Sea Trail to enter a boulevard of tall peaking red willows, while others filled the basin that […]

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S’M*A*S*H

Elliot McGucken visited Malibu Creek State Park yesterday morning and found S’M*A*S*Hing color. The park was the site of filming M*A*S*H from 1972 — 1983, which explains why Korean-War-era trucks have been placed there to mark its role in the hit television comedy. Fall color remains beautiful there in late autumn, though is limited by […]

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Faithful To The End

As Southern California color spotter Kathy Jonokuchi returned from the Eastern Sierra following a recent getaway, storm clouds were gathering as a Frémont cottonwood stood guard among the jumble of rocks that form the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine. She snapped a picture of it with her camera phone, worrying that it might not be […]