Entries by John Poimiroo

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Paramount Ranch, Not “The End”

Last year, the Woolsey Fire roared through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, incinerating the historic Paramount Ranch film location. At the time, many thought the park’s closing credits would declare “The End” for Paramount Ranch. However, on a visit this week, Kathy Jonokuchi found that the National Park Service, with help from motion […]

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Cupertino Gold

Cupertino has been producing high tech gold for decades. Now Gingko biloba are littering the home of Apple Corporation with fallen gold. Deepa Yuvaraj writes she’s been sharing pictures of Silicon Valley fall color with friends for years, though just discovered CaliforniaFallColor.com, perhaps because of The Merc’s review (previous post). Perhaps someone who works at […]

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Mass Ascension

Birders and photographers stood on a platform at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in the chill morning air yesterday. Most were regulars. They visit the refuge almost daily with their spotting scopes, binoculars and long lenses. “An eagle must have spooked them,” one of the photographers said, as swirling white and grey specks rose above […]

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A Cornucopia of Color

Oak Glen is displaying a cornucopia of color. Though the San Bernardino Mountains apple-growing area is at an elevation of 4,734′, fall color still looks good and should stay at peak until Thanksgiving Day, SoCal color spotter Alena Nicholas estimates. She was there on Monday taking pictures and being interviewed by Spectrum News for Californiafallcolor.com. […]

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Tech Boom

Palo Alto and Mountain View on the San Francisco Peninsula are experiencing another boom … the fall color kind. Landmark gingko biloba and Liquidambar are carpeting Mountain View neighborhoods with yellow and pink leaves and Palo Alto is aglow at dusk with orange. San Francisco Peninsula (30′) — Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

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Sherwood Forest Peaks

Peak color is being seen at Sherwood Forest, surrounding Lake Sherwood near Westlake Village, not Nottingham, England. Nonetheless, this is truly where Robin Hood and his merry men once lived. Wayne Gretzky also lived there. Lake Sherwood was so named because two films starring Errol Flynn were partly filmed there in 1922 and 1938. A […]

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Leaf Sunday

Everyone ought to have a leaf Sunday. It’s a Sunday drive just to see peaking leaves. Mine was spent on a route I’ve taken many times with stops in El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Fair Oaks and Sacramento. El Dorado Hills has trees yet to turn, but more than half have dropped leaves, so it’s between […]