Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 25, 2014

Fed Cancel Idaho Idaho Predator-killing Derby

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

With Lawsuit Pending, Feds Cancel Idaho Predator-killing Derby

BOISE, Idaho —In response to a lawsuit from conservation groups, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to cancel a permit allowing an anti-wolf organization to conduct a “predator derby” on more than 3 million acres of public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

As lawyers for the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, Project Coyote and Defenders of Wildlife were preparing to file a request to stop this year’s derby on BLM lands, the agency decided to withdraw its decision to allow “Idaho for Wildlife” to conduct a contest to kill the most wolves, coyotes, and other species over three days every year for five years, beginning Jan. 2, 2015.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 25, 2014

Plant Carbon Dioxide Absorption Underestimated

Plant Carbon Dioxide Absorption Underestimated But It Won’t Slow Global Warming

The BBC reported on how global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants. Scientists reported that over the last 110 years plants have absorbed 16% more of the carbon dioxide than estimated. This explains why models consistently overestimated the growth rate of carbon in the atmosphere. However experts believe this will change current global warming predictions. Read story at

Read Story at BBC News – Climate change: Models ‘underplay plant CO2 absorption’.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 24, 2014

Assorted California Fall Color Reports 11/23/14

California Fall Color had the following new fall color reports. Go to the website to see photos.

Joshua Tree National Park (Peak 75-100%) - Cottonwood are peaking at Cottonwood Springs Oasis.  GO NOW!

Yosemite Valley a dusting of fall leaves, instead of dusting of snow

Lake Shasta and Lake Siskiyou lot of color to be seen around the edge of Lake Shasta, though because the lake level has dropped so significantly, it isn’t reflected in the lake.  However, travel north to see Mount Shasta and fall trees reflected in the still waters of Lake Siskiyou.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 24, 2014

Pt. Reyes Artist Open Studios 11/28-30/2014

November 28 to 30 is the annual Point Reyes Artists’ open studios. I have enjoyed seeing the West Marin Artists work the last several years. My favorites have been Tom Killion’s woodblock prints and a number of the local photographers’ work. Below is a description of the open studios event from their website.

Art lovers from around the Bay Area are invited to tour artists’ studios in the Point Reyes area during the annual Point Reyes Open Studios (PROS) event Thanksgiving Week-end 2014. PROS artists will display and demonstrate their work in their studios and homes from Friday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM each day. The Point Reyes Open Studios tour leads visitors along the back roads of this scenic rural area known for hiking trails, beaches, restaurants and inns less than an hour drive from San Francisco.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2014

Alexander Valley Fall Color 11/22/14

California Fall Color reported on fall color in the Alexander Valley

Peak 75-100% – …. driving Geysers Rd, north of Healdsburg, to see the color before it disappears. GO NOW!

See photo at Sunlight Kisses the Alexander Valley.

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2014

BLM Rejects Mojave Desert Solar Project

The LA Times reported

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company’s application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert’s remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project “would not be in the public interest.”

Read full story at  BLM rejectes application for Silurian Valley energy project – LA Times.

Many environmental groups had opposed the solar energy installation. This is a big win for the desert.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 23, 2014

How Climate Change Disrupts Pollination

The Guardian reported on how climate change is impacting pollination. While rising temperatures cause both flowers to bloom earlier and the pollinators such as bees fly earlier in the spring, the pollinators are affected much more. This has the potential to negatively impact food production as well as wildflowers. Read full story at Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows | Environment | The Guardian.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 22, 2014

New Photo-filled Solano County Breeding Bird Atlas

Golden Gate Birder writes about the New Breeding Bird Atlas for Solano Council

Breeding Birds of Solano County is a breeding bird atlas like no other breeding bird atlas you’ve ever seen.

With a glossy, photo-filled hardcover format and a weight of over five pounds, it is as beautiful as any coffee-table art book produced by a museum.

Just published by Napa-Solano Audubon Society, the atlas would make a splendid holiday gift not just for birders but for anyone with an interest in California nature.

It provides descriptions of historic range, breeding behavior, and conservation status for 151 birds that nest in Solano County. It also offers 350 color photos by sixty Bay Area bird photographers, including 44 images by GGAS’s own board member and birding instructor Bob Lewis. And it has detailed color maps for each species, created by GGAS instructor and mapping professional Rusty Scalf.

See photos and more information about the Atlas at A stunning bird atlas for Solano County | Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 22, 2014

Foggy Botanic Garden Photos 11/22/14

Here are a few quick photos I took with a compact camera at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley this morning. It was a very atmospheric and foggy fall morning.

I was walking around the garden waiting for  today’s Roderick Lecture “A rose is still a rose, but is a monkeyflower still a Mimulus? Where have all the monkeyflowers gone…findings from the lab and the field ” by Naomi Fraga. It was on how most Monkeyflowers are no longer in the genus Mimulus but are now either in Diplacus or Erythranthe. Additionally, Monkeyflowers are no longer in the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family  but are now in Phrymaceae or Lopeseed family.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 22, 2014

100’s Important Natural Sites Threatened

Reprinted from BirdLife | Partnership for nature and people

Hundreds of important sites for nature threatened with destruction | BirdLife

More than 350 of the planet’s most important sites for nature are threatened with being lost forever according to a new report by BirdLife International.

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are places of international significance for the conservation of the world’s birds and other nature, with over twelve thousand having been identified worldwide. IBAs are the largest and most comprehensive global network of important sites for nature conservation. Now, 356 of these – known as ‘IBAs in Danger’ – have been identified in 122 countries and territories as being in imminent danger of being lost. About half of these are legally protected, which highlights the importance of improving the management effectiveness of protected areas.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 21, 2014

L.A. County Arboretum Fall Color 11/20/14

 California Fall Color reports on the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Near Peak 75-100% – Red maple, liquidambar, sticks on fire, crepe myrtle, sweet gum, pin oak, persimmon and Japanese birch are full of color at the LA County Arboretum.  GO NOW!

See photos at Could this be the best year ever for fall color in California?

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 21, 2014

Birding & A Few Photos At Eastshore State Park (Berkeley) 11/21/14

We were at Eastshore State Park today in Berkeley between Gilman St. and University Av. There were plenty of waterbirds.  Most abundant were Greater Scaup, Ruddy Ducks and Coot. Best birds of the day were a White-tailed Kite and the male Surf Scoters.  There were four species of  Grebe. Disappointed that we didn’t see a Kingfisher or Terns. We identified 42 different species and were stumped on a sparrow that didn’t give us a long enough look to decide if it was a Song Sparrow or Savannah Sparrow. There were also some of the domestic mallard hybrids that I usually see at Aquatic Park in Berkeley. Also saw Monarch Butterflies and Cabbage Whites and a Harbor Seal. Today’s Bird list Eastshore State Park Berkeley Bird List  11/21/14

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 21, 2014

Arizona and New Mexico Fall Color 11/20/14

Arizona and New Mexico National Forests Fall Color color report for 11/20/14

  Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Coconino National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Coconino National Forest.

Coronado National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Coronado National Forest.

Kaibab National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Kaibab National Forest.

Prescott National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Prescott National Forest.

Tonto National Forest

The fall color change is winding down at the higher elevations of the Payson, Pleasant Valley and Globe Ranger districts.Recommended drives and hikes on the Payson Ranger District:

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 21, 2014

New Federal Protections For Sharks

Press Release from Wild Earth Guardians

A Win for Sharks

Porbeagle Sharks Get a Chance for Legal Protections

Washington, DC—Porbeagle sharks are getting a new chance at needed protections, thanks to a federal court ruling last week. The court found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service) erred when it rejected a petition to list porbeagle sharks under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) submitted by WildEarth Guardians in 2010. The agency must go back to the drawing board and re-examine the decision.

“Porbeagle sharks deserve protections, and the National Marine Fisheries Service needs to stop dodging the issue and take a renewed look at the facts,” said Taylor Jones, endangered species advocate for WildEarth Guardians.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 20, 2014

The Return Of N. America’s Rarest Mammal

In the story Once Thought Extinct, North America’s Rarest Mammal May Bounce Back, National Geographic describes how a captive breeding program may help bring back the Black-footed Ferret Mustela nigripes. 35 years ago they were declared extinct. However, through a captive breeding program starting with 18 animals just under five hundred Black-footed Ferrets were released at twenty-five sites. Read full story at Once Thought Extinct, North America’s Rarest Mammal May Bounce Back.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 19, 2014

Shasta Cascade Fall Color 11/19/14

California Fall Color has the following fall color updates for the Shasta Cascade region. See photos at Push Shasta Cascade Past Peak Fall Color

Butte County (Peak to Past Peak) – When last reported, walnut groves along Hwy 99 were nearing peak. though the last of peak color on the CSU Chico campus, in Bidwell Park, downtown Chico and Paradise is being rained upon and is moving past peak. GO NOW!

Tehama County (Past Peak) – The Sacramento River, Red Bluff and Cottonwood have moved significantly to past peak this week with storms wetting remaining color.  What little remains will probably be gone by this weekend. YOU MISSED IT.

Shasta County (Past Peak) – The last of the fall color in Shasta County flared this past week at Brandy Creek Fall in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, west of Redding, though as Jack Kirchert’s photo shows, it’s now well past peak. Landscape color is still developing in Anderson. YOU MISSED IT.

Trinity County (Past Peak) – Weaverville was the center of attention this week for Trinity County fall color spotters, with the Gold Rush era town framed by autumn color. YOU MISSED IT.

Modoc County (Peak to Past Peak) – Color has descended throughout the Modoc National Forest to its lowest elevations. GO NOW!

Siskiyou County (Past Peak) – Native foliage throughout Siskiyou County is now past peak, though color is reported at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens where exotic Japanese Maples, Eastern Redbud and Pacific Dogwood are reported to be still showing red, yellow and rose. YOU MISSED IT.

Plumas County (Past Peak) – The show is finally over in Plumas County, though a few spots of color are seen near Quincy and down the Feather River canyon. YOU MISSED IT.

Lassen County (Past Peak) – Peak color has gone though there’s a lovely mix of yellow and red color and bare branches still to be seen off Hwy 44E. YOU MISSED IT.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 19, 2014

Global Warming Results In 40% Population Loss Alaskan Polar Bears

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

New Study: Alaskan Polar Bear Population Has
Dropped by 40 Percent

Global Warming Threatens Polar Bears; Two-thirds Could
be Gone by 2050

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Global warming has driven a 40-percent decline in the number of polar bears in eastern Alaska and western Canada, a new study finds. The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population has dropped to just 900 bears, a severe decline since the last estimate in 2006 that documented more than 1,500 bears. The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears live in eastern Alaska and western Canada and are one of only two polar bear populations in the United States.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2014

Very Early Anza-Borrego Wildflowers Reports

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association has had several posts in the past week reporting on fall/winter blooming flowers including photographs at  Anza-Borrego Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2014

San Bernardino Fall Color 11/16/14

California Fall Color reports on San Bernardino Mountains

Peak to Past Peak – “Silverwood Lake is one of the SB Mountains largest lakes, located on the backside of the mountains heading towards the desert Apple Valley/Victorville.  So, most people miss it when they head up to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear and even fewer photographers spend time there. It has a Mountain/Desert look to it, and offers Fishing/Boating, Camping, Hiking, Bicycling, Waterskiing, and has places around to eat.

“Since it’s the lowest Lake in the mountains, Silverwood Lake usually stays warmer/drier longer-lasting fall color than the other SB Mountain lakes.”  Silverwood Lake was peaking this past weekend though, like other SB Mountain fall color spots, is susceptible to wind.

Autumn is “winding down” at the SB Mountains’ other lakes: Big Bear, Arrowhead, Green Valley and Gregory, though spots of fall color remain.  Many trees are now losing leaves. GO NOW!

See photos at Fall Color survives in the San Bernardino Mountains

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2014

Summary of the 114th Christmas Bird Count (2013-2014)

Audubon announced that seasonal articles and regional summaries for the 114th Christmas Bird Count are now available online. You can find links for

  • The 114th Christmas Bird Count
  • The 114th Christmas Bird Count in Canada
  • Photo Gallery for the 114th CBC
  • Reviving Cuban Christmas Bird Counts
  • The Effects of Drought on Texas Bird Populations
  • Explore regional summaries on the CBC map
  • Look at the full list of regional summaries online

at Summary of the 114th Christmas Bird Count, 2013-2014 | National Audubon Society Birds.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 18, 2014

Gabon Announces World’s Newest Underwater Reserve

National Geographic reported

The central African nation of Gabon this week declared almost a quarter of its territorial sea off-limits to commercial fishing, creating a first-of-its-kind network of marine protected areas in the region, which is home to threatened species including great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and whale sharks

The area will cover 18,000 square miles over 46,000 square kilometers of ocean and will protect some of Gabon’s outstanding marine life: 20 species of whales and dolphins, including humpback whales and Atlantic humpback dolphins; and four species of marine turtles, the world’s largest breeding leatherback turtle population and the Atlantic Ocean’s largest breeding olive ridley turtle population among them.

via Gabon Announces World’s Newest Underwater Reserve, Rich in Threatened Wildlife.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2014

Pt. Reyes Lichens, Birds and Photos – updated

Updated – one more bird identified

Pt. Reyes is well-known for its birds, flowers, and Tule Elk but today our goal was to look at and photograph lichens. Inspired by Stephen Sharnoff’s new book A Field Guide to California Lichens with its excellent photos we explored areas of Pt. Reyes we remembered as having good lichens.

Although not a priority today we did manage to also identify 33 bird species along the way. ( one more at home looking at the photos. There are two female Surf Scoters in the large group of Greater Scaup.) See list at Pt. Reyes Bird List 11/17/14  Also seen were Tule Elk and many deer along Pierce Point Rd.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2014

Last Chance To Save Knowland Park

From Friends of  Knowland Park

 

Dear Knowland Park Supporters,

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― This Is It: City Council Will Vote Tues 11/18

― Please Stand with Us! Click here to RSVP

NEW: Send this ONE-CLICK message RIGHT NOW to the City Council and Mayor (by Tues 11/18 morning)


This Is It: City Council Will Vote Tues 11/18 


Dear Knowland Park Supporters,

THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 evening, the City Council will vote on a measure that could decide the fate of Knowland Park. Yes, it’s a work night. Yes, it’s likely to run late. Yes, you’re going to be stuck in traffic/overloaded with work/stressed about something else. Yes, it’s a headache to get there. Yes, you already came to another meeting just a few weeks ago. We’ve all been there. But we can’t fail to turn out a HUGE crowd for this meeting.

We know the zoo already has its bus lined up to bring paid zoo employees to the meeting—we need to turn out in huge numbers to support our Park. This is when we need all hands on deck: CAN YOU COME?
Please RSVP for Tuesday night by clicking this link.

You don’t have to speak—unless you want to. We’ve been given signals that the Council may try to limit the time for public comment on the Knowland Park item, so we may need to have people who can cede time to our main speakers. But the most important thing of all is your presence. Without a big show of supporters, it is all too easy for the Councilmembers to think this will all just go away, and vote to give the zoo more of our public parkland.

If you’ve been sitting back watching it all and feeling vaguely guilty that you haven’t been able to do more, end your guilt now by showing up for this meeting! And if you’ve been one of the stalwarts who has devoted half your life to the cause for years, you already know this is what it was all leading to. We need everyone there, all of us together the voice of Knowland Park, its wildlife and plants, and the voice for the people of the future whose public lands are at stake.

And we also offer some fun! The Brass Liberation Orchestra (BLO) will play from 4:30–5:30 pm in front of City Hall (see directions) to support our cause and get us fired up at a pre-meeting rally. They’re strong supporters who are donating their music to the cause! Please come early and enjoy their music before going into the meeting. We’ll need to get there early in any case to get seats, as we expect the zoo to bring every available staff member.

The meeting starts at 5:30 pm, but public interest agenda items don’t begin until 6:30 pm. We’ve been told that our Knowland Park agenda item will probably be heard closer to 8:00 or 8:30, but the order of agenda items could be moved by the Council President as they have been before. We won’t know until we get there. Since there may be a wait, we are trying to arrange a nearby room for supporters to take a break, work on their comments and get coffee or food. So if you can come late to the meeting, we still need you. 

We’ve been working hard to reach out to Councilmembers and let them know the public does not support granting more public parkland to the zoo, just so its executives can build the expansion on the ridgeline.

NEW: Send this ONE-CLICK message RIGHT NOW to the City Council and Mayor(by Tues 11/18 morning)And then send the link to all your friends. Councilmembers need to hear loud and clear that their constituents will not forget it if they vote to encumber more public parkland for this privately-operated development. No matter how anyone feels about the zoo and its programs, giving up more of the park isn’t okay, and sets a terrible precedent that could threaten any of our public parklands.

The zoo’s paid consultants are now saying the easement granting more land is necessary to “protect” the threatened Alameda whipsnake. But in fact, the VERY best way to protect the whipsnake is not to build on its habitat at all. The zoo has other land within and near its existing footprint that could be used for expansion, and all the great educational programs it wants to develop could be done without destroying the most biologically important parkland areas. It doesn’t have to be done THIS WAY—but we can make that case only if you show up and stand up to say No on Tuesdaynight.


Please Stand with Us!


Can we count on you to come through? Click here to RSVP.

Thanks for all you do,
Ruth, Tom, and the Friends of Knowland Park Leadership Team

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color 11/17/14

Great Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. National Park Service has a Fall Color Report for  November 17, 2014

A few lingering fall colors can still be found in some low elevation areas, especially on the Tennessee side of the park. Trees in middle and upper elevations throughout the park are bare.

For fall photos and updates from the park, visit our official facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/GreatSmokyMountainsNPS

You can also check out the park’s webcams to see how fall colors are progressing:
Purchase Knob (high elevation)

Look Rock (middle elevation)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2014

Mt. Palomar State Park Fall Color 11/16/14

 California Fall Color  has a new report for Mt. Palomar State Park. See photos at Fall Color Hike of the Week: Doane Valley Nature Trail

Peak 75-100% – Color spotter Scott Turner reports that “Mt. Palomar State Park is at full peak with some really beautiful color in the black oaks and some of the riparian vegetation along Doane Creek and the Weir Trail. Oaks along Thunder Ridge and Boucher Hill are also looking pretty good, but the best color is near Doane Pond and in Lower Doane Valley. Sadly, the foliage near the Observatory is past peak, so there were no classic foliage/Hale Telescope shots to be found. Now is the time to go up, as the Santa Ana wind event forecast over the next few days could have its way with the foliage.” GO NOW!

Also check out California Fall Colors post New Fall Color Spot: Valyermo in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 17, 2014

Drought Creates Conditions To Fight Sudden Oak Death

Bay Nature reported on one upside to the drought. It helps create conditions that make it easy to stop the spread of the Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum). The drought increases the effectiveness of treating infected trees. Bay Nature reports

Phytophthora ramorum spreads by way of spores. During a rainstorm, the spores glide off the leaves of affected bay laurels and infect neighboring bays, or certain types of oaks they include California coast live oak, black oak, shreve oak, and canyon live oak and tanoaks. The oaks themselves are terminal hosts, meaning they pose no risk of sporulation. And some oak species, notably valley oak and blue oak, show no signs of susceptibility to the disease, perhaps because of differences in their bark. During the dry season, the pathogen dries out on the bay leaves, or goes dormant, only to awaken at the first rains and become infectious again.

Read full story atDrought Brings Right Conditions to Stem Sudden Oak Death – Bay Nature.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 16, 2014

5000 Birds In One Year?

Seeing 5000 bird species in a single year is the goal of 28-year-old Eugene, Oregon ornithologist Noah Strycker. It will be the ultimate big year. The current world record is 4341. Noah has a definite plan and a book contract from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that will help cover expenses.

Read more at  Eugene birdwatcher wants to set world record by counting 5,000 species in a single year | OregonLive.com.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

New UN Protections Migratory Birds, Fish & Mammals

Agence France-Presse reports

Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of “intense” talks by leading conservationists.

A record 21 species of shark, ray and sawfish were added to the list.

The polar bear, which is found in the Arctic, and the widely-distributed Cuvier’s beaked whale made the list too.

Also newly protected are the red-fronted gazelle, common in Africa, and the great bustard, found in Europe and Asia.

Read full story at Migratory birds, fish and mammals get new UN protection – Yahoo News.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

Southern California Fall Color Updates 11/15/14

California Fall Color  has fall color updates for Southern California

In the mountains, color is now past peak in the Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, though the San Bernardino National Forest, north of San Bernardino, still has nice pockets of peak color at lower elevations such as surrounding Lake Gregory. The San Jacinto Mountains near Mountain Center are peaking and the Mt. Laguna, Mt. Palomar and Julian areas vary from peak to past peak.

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens Near Peak 50-75% – Frank’s report indicates it’s time to explore our state’s urban forests and arboretums.  At the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, sour gum, chinaberry, Jerusalem thorn, eastern redbud and maples are filling with yellow, golden, orange and crimson color. GO NOW!

See full report and photos at:  LA County Arboretum Approachs Peak Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

Fall Photos From Napa’s Quiet Side 11/15/14

Napa has a quiet side. If you drive up the hills west of highway twenty-nine, there are quiet twisty roads going through the forest. The residential areas have street trees showing lots of fall color. The vineyards varied with some still showing a lot of color and others past peak.

As you get up into the hills the fall color star is the Big Leaf Maple. Also in color are Spice Bush, Oregon Ash, Willows, Walnut and Oaks. Toyon is showing off its bright red berries. Less colorful but interesting are the Buckeye trees which have lost their leaves and are in fruit. Also colorful were the Acorn Woodpeckers and Stellar Jays, who were out in number along with Golden-crowned Sparrows, Turkey Vultures and Ravens.  Lichens hanging down from trees and covering fences provided more photographic interest.

Scenic roads were Redwood Road, Mt, Veeder Road and Dry Creek, which combined make a nice loop. If you want to see color go now as it won’t last long.

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