Fall Color Report 1: California Northcoast

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Autumn is back, and so is fall color. The northcoast of California is not necessarily the best place for fall color, but we do get some. In Eureka, the handful of foliage that turns red in the fall has already turned:

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Along Avenue of the Giants, in southern Humboldt County, we find some trees that have turned, some that are past peak, and some that are just beginning to turn:

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In Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, along the northcoast of California, what we find, of course, is a large number of evergreen trees that never bother turning in the autumn. And then we find deciduous trees that don’t really do much. There leaves turn perhaps a bit brown and then fall off. Here’s an example:

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Not sure what these trees on the left are, but they’re deciduous, and they don’t provide much color before the leaves blow off. Here’s a closer look:

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In the redwood forests, the most common deciduous tree is the Big Leaf Maples. Not sure if it is due to the damp climate or to the tree itself, but while the Big Leaf Maples try to turn yellow, they don’t always succeed. Often the leaves have brown spots on them:

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Or they are just brown:

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Whatever the case, these trees can’t always be relied upon to provide great fall color. Here’s some examples:

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More fall color in the redwoods:

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The shores of Klamath River, just as they pour their contents in the Pacific Ocean, provide some of the best fall color on the northcoast. This early in the year, the trees are only beginning to turn. Peak color won’t happen until later in November, and may last into December. Here’s what it looked like in mid-October:

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