Entries by John Poimiroo


Early Peak Approaching in Eastern Sierra

Spots of color above 8,500′ in elevation are trending toward one of the earliest peaks seen in the Eastern Sierra in recent years. Yesterday, we reported that The Sherwins (Mammoth Lakes) above 8,500 were showing 30 — 50% color.  Today, Jared Smith of Parcher’s Resort is reporting some areas of Bishop Creek Canyon already “well […]


The Sherwins Color Up Above Mammoth Lakes

Seeing is believing!  A week before the first day of autumn, color spotters are reporting 30 — 50% change at high elevations surrounding Mammoth Lakes. Color spotter Christie Osborne reports that, “The Sherwins above Snowcreek golf course in Mammoth Lakes are showing some fine color at approximately 8,500 feet. Lower, at the 7,500-8,000 foot level just […]

California Fall Color in 3-D

Put on 3-D glasses to watch this fun YouTube video by Jim Carbonetti.  It’ll come right at ya. [embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”600″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1aYv0Yp” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/k8OAxBXfStg?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=k8OAxBXfStg&width=600&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep2008″ /]


Early Color

Something odd is happening. Early color is not unusual, but Indian Rhubarb showing in Plumas County (4,500′), Chinese Pistache showing in El Dorado County (800′), Fremont Cottonwood coloring up in Folsom wetlands (Sacramento County) and Quaking Aspen showing in Inyo County (5,000′) at the same time?  That’s unusual. Last winter was unusually dry.  A dry […]

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Who’s On First

Color spotter Richard McCutcheon sends this lovely spot of color seen yesterday in Butt Creek (Plumas County) and reports, “Could not believe it on Aug 1st, Indian Ruhbarb turned on Butt Creek.” 0 — 15% — Plumas County — Earning honors for the first report of autumn (at the beginning of August), Richard McCutcheon reports […]

A Video Look At 2012

On the final day of autumn, we remember some of the fabulous photographs provided to us by California Fall Color spotters in 2012, and express our thanks to all who contributed to or carried our reports. Special thanks to Inyo County, Mono County, Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau, Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association […]

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Still Burning

Frank McDonough of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden sends these shots taken today. With a week of autumn still remaining, the color is still intense at the LA County Arboretum, which remains a refuge of serenity separated from the  pell-mell pace of holiday shopping.  To sense the inward peace of this season, head […]

Atmospheric River Floods the Color Away

Color spotter Richard McCutcheon sends a link showing how this past week’s series of  storms stripped Plumas County’s Indian Valley of color and flooded fields and roads.  A phenomenon called an “atmospheric river” carried three tropical storms from Hawaii to California, deluging the north state.  McCutcheon reports his area was without power for nearly 39 […]