Entries by John Poimiroo

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Out of this World

Nicknamed “Kirk’s Rock” for the many times it appeared in early episodes of the television series Star Trek, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce (between Santa Clarita and Palmdale) is virtually out of this world when it comes to dramatic beauty and late fall color. Allison Hastings scores a First Report for sending […]

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Capitol Color

Today was the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento, though it wasn’t the only tree at Capitol Park that was lit up with color. Steve Arita was there this week and sends these images of late peak color. Sacramento’s neighborhoods are now past peak, though spots of bright color — as […]

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Just Ducky

A brief break in the weather on Orange Friday allowed Steve Arita to capture shots of ducks in flight at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. Steve reported that “while cloudy, enough sun made it through,” and soon after he’d arrived and set up on the observation deck near the reserve entrance, the ducks took to the […]

Orange Friday

There are three ways to spend the Friday following Thanksgiving Day: Stand in line waiting to purchase stuff that will soon be forgotten, Sit at home watching football games or See the last bright splashes of fall color with friends and family. My Orange Friday will be spent outside with friends and family, reveling in […]

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Giving Thanks and Looking Back at 2019

On this Thanksgiving Day, CaliforniaFallColor.com is thankful to the many color spotters and photographers who contributed reports, photographs and videos in 2019. They include (from first leaf): Jeff Simpson, Martha Fletcher, Robert Kermen, Bob Simms, Lori Quillen, Julie Kirby, Donna Mercer, Dakota Snider, Jeff Luke Titcomb, Michael Beatley, Jared Smith, Anirudh Natekar, Michelle Pontoni, Justin Legge, […]

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Looking Back at Autumns Past

Tomorrow, we post our annual Thanksgiving Day message and video review of 2019. It will be our eighth annual “California Fall Color Looks Back” video. As, although CaliforniaFallColor.com went live in 2009, it wasn’t until 2012 that we began posting video reviews. In advance of seeing “California Fall Color Looks Back at 2019,” we thought […]


Bay Area Gets Vibrant

Autumn in the San Francisco Bay Area is often best during Thanksgiving Week. Color spotter Vishal Mishra found Los Altos and Palo Alto true to form and glowing yesterday. Landmark elm, flowering pear and Chinese pistache are still heavy with leaves, though dropping them in a steady fall. San Francisco Bay Area — Peak (75-100%) […]