Entries by John Poimiroo


Odd Beginnings

It’s the first day of autumn. Fall color is nearing peak in the Eastern Sierra, but until an hour ago, we’d received no reports. Odd. Actually, not so odd when you consider that all eight national forests south of the mid-Sierra, where much of the early color appears, remain closed. Then, I spoke with a […]

U.S. Forests Reopen

Nine National Forests (Eldorado NF, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen NF, Mendocino NF, Modoc NF, Plumas NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Stanislaus NF and the Tahoe NF) were given the green light to reopen today by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “These forests will implement their own forest orders,” a USFS Forest Service press […]

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This week, Philip Reedy, Michelle Pontoni and I separately explored the noxious outdoors before the thermal inversion lifted. At the time, an oppressively dense haze from numerous California wildfires hung over California, keeping the Sun’s rays from brightening the landscape. Instead, it draped a lackluster pall across the scene. In Davis, Reedy found fallen Fremont […]

Mapping Fall Color

There is no machine-driven method of automatically mapping fall color across California. The California Fall Color Map (at right on Navigation bar) is updated by hand each Friday, after reports have been received and verified. The map is a visual guide to how autumn color is changing, though it may not be precise, as conditions […]


Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

When Nat King Cole sang about “Those lazy-crazy-hazy-days of summer” in 1963, he never had in mind what California has been experiencing this summer. “Fall is trying to peek through the smoke in the Quincy/Meadow Valley area with the cottonwoods, as usual, showing off first,” Michael Beatley reported today. Beatley continued, “The smoke index in […]


How to Submit Photos and Reports

Over 75 volunteer “color spotters” (our term for contributors) submit photographs and reports to CaliforniaFallColor.com in a typical autumn. To be one of them is easy. Email photos within a few days of when taken* to editor@californiafallcolor.com. Always include the photographer’s name, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. […]


Mountain Manners

“Like all parents,” Mono County Tourism tells us, “Mother Nature Loves good manners!  Everyone knows the Golden Rule “Take only photos; leave only footprints” but here are a few other Mountain Manners etiquette tips to help protect the Eastern Sierra (and for that matter, all wild places): MANNER #1: Follow the Beaten PathStraying from designated […]


Onion Valley Was A Peeling

Onion Valley in Inyo National Forest was appealing over the Labor Day Weekend when Mohammad Delwar visited. Though, smoke from the Creek Fire — as seen in his photographs — was then beginning to suffocate the Eastern Sierra. The Inyo National Forest is now closed to public use. That limits public access throughout the Eastern […]


Why Don’t Evergreens Lose Their Leaves?

Actually, they do.  It just doesn’t happen all at once, with few exceptions. Evergreen trees have both broad leafs and needles. Madrone, magnolia and photinia are examples of broadleaved evergreens, while pine, fir, cedar, spruce, and redwood have needled leaves. Evergreen needles can last anywhere from a year to 20 years, but eventually they are […]