Entries by John Poimiroo


Chico’s Chinese Color

Growing throughout Chico in the Northern Sacramento Valley are hundreds of Chinese Pistache trees, pistachia chenensis, and their nut variety, pistachia vera. That has happened due to the efforts of the Mendocino National Forest’s Genetic Resource Center, commonly known as the Chico Seed Orchard, where new plants from all over the world are observed as […]


At Last, LA

When Frank McDonough of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens reports, we’re in the home stretch. Fall Color in Arcadia is Just Starting, but early November combines late blooms and early change, as seen in Frank’s photographs. It’s also a reminder that arboretums and botanical gardens throughout California are looking good. LA County […]

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Dripping Down The Rivers

Fall color is dripping down the rivers through the central valley. Color spotter Jim Adams provides a First Report from Knight’s Ferry where he attended the annual pumpkin roll to find riverside cottonwood and willows and walnut orchards at peak. He reports that down the Stanislaus River in Oakdale, cottonwood and valley oak have yet […]


Yosemite Is Still At It

Yosemite National Park is a progressive peak. It begins in the high country, with pockets of aspen and willows turning, then descends to Yosemite Valley and along the Wawona Road with bigleaf maple and dogwood providing a colorful blend of hot pink and cadmium yellow. Then, orange black oak and golden cottonwood complete the show […]


Finding Gold in Rich Bar

It’s name speaks of its wealth … Rich Bar. In the 1850s, Rich Bar in the Feather River Canyon attracted thousands of argonauts. Many never left. Gravemarkers, memorials and headstones tell a grim story of their fates. Mining accident … drowned … illness … hanged for theft … murdered … stabbed … hanged for murder […]


Decent Color Declines

“Decent color is getting hard to find,” wrote Philip Reedy of a scouting trip he took through Plumas County. “Most of the color is gone.” He was surprised, however, by the color surrounding Sardine Lake at 6,000′, from the black oak near Bassetts Station (CA-49) and enveloping the historic buildings at Kentucky Mine in Sierra […]

Point Lobos Orange

It covers the trunks and branches of oaks and Monterey Cypress with an orange flocking. Trentepohlia aurea is filamentous terrestrial green alga whose orange coloration comes from carotenoid pigments in its cells. Susan Hanlon was visiting Point Lobos State Park on the Monterey Peninsula when she was impressed by its bold orange display. Point Lobos is most famous […]


Silverwood Turns Gold

Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains is a great recreational destination, popular for water sports and for fishing rainbow trout, largemouth bass, striped bass, Channel catfish and bluegill. Because the Silverwood Lake is lightly forested, it is not often reported for fall having much fall color. However, Silverwood’s cottonwood, oak and willows are now […]


Caught and Released

Color spotter Lance Pifer lost track of how many of Yosemite’s wild rainbow trout he caught and released at 25. The best place to net native rainbows is on the Merced River, below Yosemite Valley. A spot favored by park employees is the Cascade Creek picnic area above the Arch Rock entrance station. Walk downstream […]