Entries by John Poimiroo

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Forest of Nisene Marks

The Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos is an example of forest regeneration.  Almost all of the redwood forest within the forest (south of Santa Cruz) “was clear-cut in a 40-year logging frenzy from 1883 to 1923,” explains California State Parks. “When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself; now, the […]

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Just Keeps Rollin’

Fall color just keeps rollin’ along the American River. Yesterday morning, Sacramento color spotter Steve Arita visited Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova expecting to find nothing along the American River. Instead, rich orange, gold and red lined its banks. Peak color speckles the Sacramento area, though most urban forest color has now fallen. American […]

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Late Harvest

How sweet it is. The late harvest of fall color along the North Coast, that is. David Laurence Sharp notes that just like a sweet Sauterne that is the last to be harvested, a boulevard of liquidambar (half way between Sebastopol and Graton along Hwy 116 in Sonoma County) takes “a long time … to […]

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One Left

One, lone, peaking sycamore remained at Malibu Creek State Park when Elliot McGucken — moved by its forlorn solitude — memorialized these last days of autumn, proving — as Philip Reedy demonstrated in the previous post — that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Malibu Creek State Park (450′) — Past Peak, […]

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Still Life

After these images arrived from the Upper Sacramento River, photographed by Philip Reedy, I accused him of transforming himself from a magazine cover photographer to a gallery photographer. Phil was out on one of his many trips scouting locations and photographing possible covers for fly fishing magazines. Yet, he spent a few moments away from […]

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In the Warm California Sun

To paraphrase The Ramones, even though the days are short and the nights are long, we’re still out there having fun in the warm California sun. That’s especially true in Arcadia where cool nights and clear late autumn skies are letting that warm Southern California sun intensify fall color at the LA County Arboretum and […]

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The Southern Forest

California’s southern forest is cultured, bold and manicured. It is not wild. It is civil. This urban forest is found in parks, arboretums, gardens and neighborhood yards. Color spotter Julie Kirby reports a SoCal cold snap (overnight temps in the 40s) moved crepe myrtle near her Glendale home from Patchy to Past Peak within a […]

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Monarch Magic

Late autumn is when Monarch magic happens along the California coast. From Presidio Park in San Diego north to Bodega Dunes in Sonoma County, Monarch butterflies establish their winter residences. Long Beach color spotter Steve Shinn photographed this lady as she emerged from her chrysalis at his home. Monarchs are amazing creatures. Some migrate as […]