Fall Color Report: Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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The northcoast of California can be kind of funny when it comes to fall color. Because there’s so little change between summer and fall, and since temperatures can remain fairly mild much of the year, some trees will start turning in August, while others may hold out until December. Nevertheless, lots of fall color is happening in the northcoast, particularly further inland at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Some trees are a peak color, some aren’t quite there, and some our past peak.

Redwoods, of course, are evergreen and don’t lose their leaves until long after they’re dead. But there are deciduous trees mixed with the redwoods, particularly along the Eel River, as these shots, taken in the at various periods in the last week and half, demonstrate:

Some trees are passed peak and are losing leaves at a rapid rate. As an example, consider this tree along Bull Creek:

Consider the ground below the tree: