Entries by John Poimiroo


Red Red Wine

Pagani Ranch, Kenwood (11/19/21) David Sharp

When Neil Diamond first sang Red Red Wine about a lover whose painful absence could only be forgotten by drinking wine, his soulful lyrics brimmed with emotion and loss. You could feel his “blue, blue heart” being torn apart by her absence as he sang.

In these last weeks of autumn, the same feeling arises as photographs record departing color. As David Sharp and Lucas Yan’s images taken in the Napa and Sonoma wine country were opened, Diamond’s  melody, then his mournful lyrics, were recalled.

I'd have sworn, that with time
Thoughts of you would leave my head.
I was wrong, now I find
Just one thing makes me forget ...
Red red wine

  • Napa Valley (253′) – Peak to Past Peak, GO NOW, You Almost Missed It.
  • Sonoma Valley (85′) – Peak to Past Peak, GO NOW, You Almost Missed it.


Pass The Envelope, Please …

California Fall Color went looking for videos of California’s autumn color on YouTube. You were busy. So far, here are the entries in our first video contest, the winner to be announced on Dec. 1. Email YouTube links, not later than Nov. 30, to: editor@californiafallcolor.com. Videos that are under three minutes long or the length of one song have the best chance of winning.


The Urban Forest

Southside Park, Sacramento (11/19/21) Steve Arita Northern California’s urban forests often peak, approaching Thanksgiving Day. That’s certainly true at Southside Park in Sacramento. Steve Arita had been tracking how fall color was developing at Southside Park, visited today, and found it to be as good as it gets.               […]


Queen of the Southern Mines

This week, the Outdoor Writers Association of California fall conference brought me to Tuolumne County in California’s Gold Country.  The conference included craft improvement sessions and business meetings, though I also had time to tour an area I hadn’t explored in years. I found Tuolumne County to be charming, personal and untouched. While California’s population […]


Last Cast

Color spotter Philip Reedy drove north to the Upper Sacramento River to make his last cast of autumn there, reporting that, “as expected most of the color has gone, but a few patches are hanging on.” He found brightness at the Box Canyon and below Sims Bridge. Upper Sacramento River (2,300′) — Past Peak, You […]


A Slow Boil

Peak develops like a slow boil in Los Angeles County. After it has come and gone elsewhere in California, it begins to bubble down south. Presently, peak is 20 to 30% at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia,  reports Frank McDonough.                       […]


Video Contest

Autumn Leaves — Gene Miller This video of autumn leaves submitted by Gene Miller inspired the thought, “Why not challenge readers of CaliforniaFallColor.com to submit their video interpretations of autumn?” So, born is our first video contest. Email a YouTube link to a video of your autumn pictures to editor@californiafallcolor.com not later than November 30 […]


All Aboard!

Signs of the transition from autumn to winter are appearing increasingly. Near Jamestown, Steve Arita found the Sierra Railroad to be readying Engine #28 to portray the Polar Express during holiday excursions, as shops throughout the Gold Country shift from autumn displays to holiday ones.                   As […]


Clearing Autumn Storm

In Ansel Adams’ classic 1937 photograph, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley was dusted with snow. The photograph was taken in early December. In Elliot McGucken’s tome to Adams’ photograph (seen above), Yosemite Valley is flecked with autumn color. The photograph was taken in early November. The days that Adams and McGucken photographed from similar locations […]