Fall Color Report: Shasta & Lassen

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In the southern, “California” area of the Cascade range, from Shasta through McCloud and Burney to Lassen National Park, the leaves are fast falling, and the fall color is breathing it’s last gasp. Some trees are bare, some trees are quarter filled, some trees three-quarters full; but every breeze is shaking dozens of leaves free, sending them sailing to their final destination. At Siskiyou Lake, there’s a few trees, glowing bright yellow against the green evergreens, which are just passed their fall foliage peak, as these photos, taken over last weekend, testify:



In the nearby town of Mount Shasta, we find more trees just passed peak foliage:



Notice in the following photo of Black Butte, notice the bushes decked in orange-red foilage sport most of their leaves, but notice the bare branches on the left:



McCloud Falls area shares a similar pattern:







As does MacArthur-Burney Falls. Note the bare branches along the creek above the falls:



And the falls itself is framed by shrubbery beginning to shed it’s golden leaves:





At Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the falling of the leaf has gone even further, which is not in the least surprising, given the higher elevation:













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