Entries by John Poimiroo


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 […]

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Monarch Listing Is Warranted

Listing the Monarch butterfly as a threatened or endangered specie is warranted but precluded due to other priorities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) announced today. The announcement follows reports of plummeting Monarch butterfly counts in California, the specie’s western wintering grounds. Once numbering over one million butterflies, the western population of Monarch butterflies […]


A World With Octobers

Philip Reedy replicated our Thanksgiving Day tradition by creating a video of his favorite photographs from this past autumn. Phil had a lot of beauty from which to choose. He produced 127 submissions in 26 different articles, as the top contributor of 88 color spotters in 2020. Phil’s photographs remind us why it gladdens the […]


Last Drips of Color

Despite the occasional last drips of fall color, California is now largely past peak. These images were taken on a foggy, wet morning, the kind that quickly transforms warm cotton blue jeans into sponges when bush whacking through foliage. Most of the native color throughout the state has fallen, been blown away or is now […]


Carmel Valley

Garland Ranch Regional Park in the Carmel Valley preserves cottonwood, alder, sycamore and willow woodlands along the Carmel River in the Upper Santa Lucia Mountains of the Central Coast. Late to peak, this part of the Carmel Valley looks much like it has for millennia. Garland Ranch was the first acquisition of the Monterey Peninsula […]


Riot On The San Gabriel River

There’s a riot of color appearing along the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Steve Shinn reports. Western sycamore, black cottonwood, blue elderberry, white alder, creek dogwood, Southern California black walnut and red, sandbar, shining and yellow willows are painting the banks of the stream with orange, yellow, lime, red and chartreuse […]


Something to Crow About

When you are the last beautiful entry in a glorious parade, you have something to strut and crow about. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is that last entry. December is its peak. However, fall color has begun to rain upon the parade, as Past Peak approaches. Throughout the arboretum, once-gloriously-colored trees are […]


Nearly Past Peak at Peters Canyon

Orange County was named for its citrus, not for its fall color. The south coast county is often the last to report and with little fall color. The best of it is found in the county’s regional parks where open space dominates. Mark Hanning-Lee reports that willows and 76 varieties of meadow grasses are displaying […]

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Marin Coho Run Begins

The winter run of critically endangered Coho salmon is running late, the Turtle Island Restoration Network reports. The largest run of coho salmon and steelhead trout to be seen occurs in Marin County along Lagunitas Creek, San Geronimo Creek, Olema Creek and several other tributaries. It continues through February with peak viewing now through January. […]


Out With A Bang

Class is out, but not yet fall color at UC Berkeley where Vishal Mishra found it still popping along University Drive. He reports the Bay Area nearing the end of autumn color, though it’s going out with a bang. In Vishal’s hometown of Mountain View, neighborhoods along W. Middlefield Rd near San Veron Park remained […]