Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2015

Eastern Sierra/Bishop Creek Fall Color 8/30/13

Parchers Resort Creek Canyon posted a new detailed fall color report for the Bishop Creek Area today.

Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation
Peak – Go Now! (75% – 100%) 
Out of all the years I’ve been doing fall color reporting for the Bishop Creek Canyon, this has been by far the most difficult to put into a rating scale. There are areas of color that are absolutely going off in full peak color, right next to areas where the color is quickly diminishing, right next to areas containing lots of green still developing color…it’s very difficult. Still, while some areas in the higher elevations were better last week than they are today, there are more areas of peak color than not at the higher elevations so I went with a peak rating. The highlights this week are the South Fork of Bishop Creek near Willow Campground, and between Parchers Resort & Weir Pond. On the other side of the canyon, the area between Sabrina Campground and the Sabrina Dam is stunning, and North Lake has tons of peak color shots to be had.

We have some weather scheduled to blow in this weekend, including both some wind and a chance of snow, let’s all cross our fingers that the color withstands the cold front.

Overall Conditions Between 7500ft & 8500ft Elevation
Patchy (10% – 50%) 
The yellow continues to develop, along with a few patches of orange and red, but the green is holding strong, at least for the next few days. Look for this elevation to be in near peak condition or better by next week’s report. The best color is showing near Cardinal Village on up towards Cardinal Mine. A few small patches of brilliant color near Intake II also.

Peak – Go Now! (75% – 100%) – Sabrina Campground to Sabrina Dam (9000ft) Some of the red shown over the past few weeks is gone, but without skipping a beat, the color within the campground on up to the approach to the Sabrina dam is absolutely spectacular. Especially beautiful are the views of the winding road across the bridges. 

Peak – Go Now! (75% – 100%) – Willow Campground (9000ft) The few days will be the primo color in and around Willow Campground. A few of the trees already have lost their leaves but the vast majority of the color is just now at or extremely close to peak. The color on the mountain above the camp and also along the old road between Willow and Parchers is really stunning.

Peak – Go Now! (75% – 100%) – North Lake (9255ft) This area continues to give me fits as a reporter, since parts of the shoreline are naked, parts are bright red, and the famous grove lining the road between the first parking area and the campground is about as gorgeous as it ever gets, a far cry from last week when there was still green dominating that spot. Anyhow, there is enough peak color here, and enough areas that are at their best, for this to get a peak rating still. But seriously, GO NOW, I doubt it will be this good next week. I did notice that the willow is almost completely naked now, a sure sign that the color won’t hold out for much longer at this location.

Past Peak (but still impressive) – Weir Pond (9650ft) As expected, Weir Pond isn’t quite as stunning as it was last week with much of the scrub aspen on the hillside above the pond having gone naked. Lots of color has developed along the road and the color is still beautiful surrounding the pond itself. Any photographer visiting the area should check this spot out – it’s still very much worth the trip.

Past Peak (but still impressive)
 – Parchers Resort (9260ft) There is a bunch of color still around the resort, especially along the back trail towards South Lake and below on the way to Willow. However, the best color has started to falter, especially higher on the mountains where the smaller aspen have given up. There is some especially brilliant color along South Lake road next to the resort as well as on the canyon wall to the west wall of the canyon that is hanging tough and very much worth a look.

Past Peak (but still impressive)  – Table Mountain Camp (8900ft) The color higher on the mountain and within the campground is showing past peak conditions. Lots and lots of color along the stream though, anywhere between the Stiny Loop and the campground.

Past Peak (but still impressive) – Surveyors Meadow (8975ft) Color-a-plenty can be found in the area between Surveyors and the Tyee bridge, but last week was better than this week so it gets the past-peak rating.

Past Peak (but still impressive) – Lake Sabrina (9150ft) The color in the back of the lake is gorgeous orange, yellow and red and a walk along the trail that skirts the west shore of the lake offers some pretty impressive views. The east shore is less so, and given how far the color is along here, I doubt much will remain after the weather this weekend.

Near Peak (50 – 75%) – Stiny Loop above Mt. Glen Camp (8600ft) I’m not sure how much peak color we’re going to see here as the color seems to disappear as fast or faster than it appears.

Just Patchy (10 – 50%) – Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8350ft) Finally a bit of progress in the color this week with a lot more yellow showing up around the waterfall and in the groves between there at Mt. Glen Campground. This will likely be one of the highlights by next weekend (not this weekend) if I had to wager.

Just Starting (0 – 10%) – Aspendell (8400ft) Very little yellowing, but the green is getting very light so I’m expecting patchy or better color within the week.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Groves above Cardinal Village (8550ft) The aspen blanketing the hillside from Cardinal Pinnacle down are pretty much toast, but the now that that is done, the color all down the creek from the North Lake turnoff winding down the canyon past the mine towards Cardinal Village is showing yellow. I’m looking for a great report from this area next week if the weather doesn’t do too much damage.

Just Starting (0 – 10%) – Four Jeffries (8000ft) Nothing but a few yellow branches showing right now. The aspen have lightened considerably though over last week.

Patchy – (10 – 50%) – Intake II (8000ft) The canyon wall is mostly stripped now but there are some very nice patches near the dam, and a couple of the large aspen along the shoreline are starting to yellow quite nicely.

Just Starting – (0 – 10%) – Big Trees Campground (7800ft) Nothing but green here right now.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2015

New York Fall Color 9/30/15

I Love New York’s Fall Foliage Report Week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 below. To see photos and map got to: I Love New York’s Fall Foliage Report

Beautiful Peak and Near Peak Colors Making First Appearances in New York State

Adirondacks and Catskills areas to see most change this weekend

Beautiful peak and near peak colors will appear for the first time in New York State this foliage season, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. In the Adirondacks, peak colors are expected to arrive in the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab areas, and in the Catskills, Delaware County is expecting near peak leaves this weekend.


In the Adirondacks region, foliage spotters in the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab areas of Franklin County report that the cooler nights have had a positive effect on the color display and expect peak conditions this weekend with 80 percent color change and leaves of average brilliance. Colors include: raspberry, crimson, cranberry, maize, buttercup, mustard, salmon, pumpkin, and copper. Spotters in Herkimer County based in Old Forge predict 75 percent color change with near peak red and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Warren County, spotters reporting from theUpper Hudson River GorgeBlue Mountain and North Creek expect up to 70 percent color change in elevations above 2000′ and 60 percent change at elevations above 1000′. Look for shades of red, orange, yellow and green along with some brilliant reds in wetlands areas. Hamilton County spotters reporting from Speculator expect between 70 and 80 percent color change and near peak conditions with a large amount of muted orange, yellow and red leaves along with a few pops of brighter colors. Some leaf droppage has been reported.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2015

Rio Grande National Forest Fall Color 9/30/15

Rio Grande National Forest reports

Conejos Peak District   September 25, estimate colors are already at 70-80 %, changing fast this year.  2013 Photos   2015 Photos

Divide District              September 27, the upper Rio Grande area, west of Creede, has peaked this past weekend, the leaves are starting to fall           2013 photos    2014 photos   2015 photos

Saguache District          September 29, the leaves in the northern section of the Rio Grande NF have turned about 50%. Estimate 80% this coming weekend.  County Roads NN14 and 41G should be good for those wanting to go check out the leaf changes in the Saguache District.  Also LL56 up to Bonanza.     2013 photos   2014 photos  2015 photos

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2015

San Juan Fall Foliage 9/29/15

Box Creek Lodge has the following Fall Foliage Update – September 2015

Fall is here, and the Colors are Magnificent! I have done some adventuring in the past few days and it is a definite must to get out there and enjoy the beautiful warm fall days and the amazing splendor of color. Yankee Boy Basin is beautiful! Red Mountain Pass is in full flame of color! Last Dollar Road and Dallas Divide is spectacular!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 30, 2015

CNPS – East Bay Plant Sale October 3 and 4, 2015

Plant Sale is at Native Here Nursery:  101 Golf Course Dr Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA 94708  Phone:(510) 549-0211








Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2015

6 Best Spots For Fall Foliage In Colorado – Updated

Huffington Post article on The 6 Best Spots For Fall Foliage In Colorado | The Outbound Collective

The six spots are

  1. Castle Creek Road
  2. Maroon Beels
  3. Capitol Creek
  4. Peak to Peak Byway
  5. Mt. Sneffels/Dallas Divide
  6. Kebler Pass

See article for details The 6 Best Spots For Fall Foliage In Colorado 

You might also check out this article: 10 Places to See Colorado’s Fall Color |

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2015

San Juan National Forest Fall Color 9/29/15

San Juan National Forest reports on  9/29/15

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 25%
Molas Pass – 75%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 95%
Pagosa – 15%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 65%
Mancos/La Platas – 45%
Above 10,000 feet – 75%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass
Molas Pass/Lime Creek
Mancos/La Platas above 10,500 feet
Lizard Head/Telluride

Missionary Ridge

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
Elevation above 10,000 feet.
Getting towards peak fast in some places

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Go up higher for now.
Lower elevations have shrubs and brush turning in places.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens and a bit of the oak and service berry.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2015

More Eastern Sierra Fall Color 9/29/15

California Fall Color has another Eastern Sierra Fall Color update today 9/28/15). Here are the highlights.

  • Patchy (10-50%) – June Lake Loop
  • Patchy (10-50%) – Ansel Adams Wilderness – Walker Lake and Parker Lake (approaching peak)
  • Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! Virginia Lakes Road Patchy (10-50%) – Virginia Lakes (approaching peak)
  • Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Dunderberg Road

See full report, photos  and older posts at California Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2015

Lake Sabrina Fall Color 9/29/15

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing reports

The colors have almost peaked up at the Lake, but the drive up the South Fork (toward South Lake), the North Fork (toward North Lake on the ‘scary’ road) and the Middle Fork (toward us) is still stunning.

See photos at This Week’s Report

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2015

October 2015 Birding Field Trips

Golden Gate Audubon Field Trips

for more information on the trips below go to Upcoming Field Trips | Golden Gate Audubon Society.

  • Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley Friday, October 2, 8:30 — 10:30 a.m. (First Friday bird walk)
  • Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Sunday, October 4, 8:00—11:00 a.m.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Sunday, October 4,  8 — 10:30 a.m. (First Sunday bird walk)

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

Eastern Sierra/Bishop Creek Fall Color Color 9/28/15


California Fall Color reports on fall foliage for the Eastern Sierra and Bishop Creek

“North Lake is at peak, for sure… it will not last. It’s just gorgeous there.

South Lake Road is bursting with color as far up as Weir Pond.  Lee Vining Canyon is two weeks away from full color and there’s good color at Conway Summit and along the road to Virginia Lakes.

See photos at Confirmed: North Lake Peaking For Sure

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

North Carolina Fall Color 9/27/15

Appalachian State University has a new report on North Carolina Fall Color for 9/27/15

Starting on Thursday of this past week, a low pressure system became stalled off the east coast of the Carolinas, bringing substantial amounts of rain and wind all the way into the mountains of western North Carolina and Tennessee, plus upstate South Carolina and Georgia.  However, the cloud cover also moderated low nighttime temperatures, and while it has been cool during the days, it hasn’t been getting as cold at night like it did prior to these rains.  When there are clear skies, infra-red radiation (heat) can escape into space, resulting in cold mornings.

As a result, the development of fall leaf color has slowed down this past week, something that I had mentioned could happen.  This means that we are probably back on a regular schedule for peak leaf colors, meaning that colors will peak during the first week of October at high elevations (4,500’ or above), around mid-October (the 10th through the 16th from 4,500’ to 2,500’), and during the last week of October in the Asheville area (~2,000 – 2,500’).

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

Arizona Fall Color: Grand Canyon 9/27/15

Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers reports

Grand Canyon North Rim 9/27 – Peaking or past peak.  Several stands in the USFS areas and along 67 were crispy.  But I could find wonderful pockets of yellow Aspen within the forest and isolated meadows.  The burn areas along the road to the Point Imperial / Cape Royal were also at peak.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 9/28/15

Coconino National Forest  reports the following Fall Color Update: for September 28, 2015

The upper reaches of Mt. Elden are reaching their peak. On the Peaks, Lockett Meadow, Inner Basin, and the north side of the Peaks are turning fast! Kendrick Peak also has a lot of color on it. Many areas are at their peak, and overall 30% to 50% of the trees have turned significantly Over the next week and through the weekend the area should be in full color. The next week and through the weekend is a good time to go:

Mt. Elden

  • Elden Lookout Road: Drive to the top for spectacular fall color views. For a short hike, Sunset Trail from the lookout tower to the junction with Heart Trail provides moderate hiking with fantastic views.
  • SunsetHeart, and Elden Lookout Trails: strenuous trails that ascend Mt. Elden. Heart is accessed from Sandy Seep or Little Elden trails. Sunset can also be accessed from several signed access points near and at the top of Elden Lookout Road.
  • Sandy Seep Trail: This easy trail takes you to the base of the eastern face of Mt. Elden and Little Elden, providing excellent views of the color up the slopes.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

Mendocino County Fall Color 9/28/15

California Fall Color reports on Mendocino County Fall Color

  • Just Starting (0-10%) – North Coast Vineyards
  • Patchy (10-50%) – U.S. 101 – Willits to Klamath
  • Just Starting (0-10%) – U.S. 101 – Klamath to Crescent City

See photos at What a Difference Three Days Makes

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

Shell Oil Stops Arctic Oil Exploration

News Release Center for Biological Diversity

Victory in Alaska: Shell Pulls Out of Arctic After Failing to Strike Oil

CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell has announced an end to its Arctic oil exploration “for the foreseeable future” after failing to strike oil at its Burger Prospect site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, located in remote federal waters within the Arctic Circle. The public and conservation groups have long opposed drilling in the Arctic — where an oil spill would be impossible to clean up — and have criticized the Obama administration’s approval of Shell’s permits.

“Polar bears, Alaska’s Arctic and our climate just caught a huge break,” said Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Here’s hoping Shell leaves the Arctic forever. Drilling for oil there is inherently dangerous and will only drive the world deeper into the climate crisis. If we’re going to leave behind a livable planet, we need to leave that oil in the ground today, tomorrow and always.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

North Carolina Fall Color 9/28/15

Romantic Asheville reports on September 28, 2015

Update: Our trip last week on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Grandfather Mountain area was very colorful! We were surprised at the early color (about a week ahead of usual). And the color is vibrant, a great sign of things to come. The last few days have seen plenty of clouds and rain, so the color is slowing and should get back “on schedule.” – See more at:

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

Arizona and New Mexico National Forests Fall color 9/28/15

Arizona and New Mexico National Forests have the following fall color updates as of September 28, 2015

Fall colors typically begin mid to late September in the higher elevations of northern Arizona, with most of the peak viewing in early to the middle of October. The lower elevations usually peak in late October or early November and can continue through the month of November.

In New Mexico, fall colors typically begin mid to late September in the higher elevations, with most of the peak viewing in early to mid October. The lower elevations usually peak in mid to late October and can continue into early November.

Kaibab National Forest

Fall colors are on display from late September through October. Visit the Kaibab National Forest website to plan your visit for optimal viewing of fall colors.

Carson National Forest

For spectacular views in the high country, consider hiking or packing into the Pecos, Latir, Wheeler Peak, or Cruces Basin Wilderness, or Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area. Updates will be posted on the Carson National Forest website, and on Facebook

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2015

‘Tree Of Life’ For 2.3 Million Species

ScienceDaily writes about the new tree of life that has been developed for all named species. They report

A first draft of the tree of life for all 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released. Thousands of smaller trees have been published over the years for select branches, but this is the first time those results have been combined into a single tree. The end result is a digital resource that is available online for anyone to use or edit, much like a ‘Wikipedia’ for evolutionary relationships.

Read full article ‘Tree of life’ for 2.3 million species released: Large, open-access resource aims to be ‘Wikipedia’ for evolutionary history — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2015

Arizona Fall Color 9/27/15

Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers has this report for Arizona

Spent Saturday scouting the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff.  Lockett Meadow and along the basin trail should be good next weekend.  Inner basin should be good now; I did not hike up to Inner Basin but one could see yellow groves up there.  A few groves of yellow on the north slopes, but probably 70% green.  Aspen Corner and SnowBowl areas are pretty green still.  Aspen Corner may be good next weekend, but the large groves across from Snowbowl will take longer.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2015

CNPS Native Plants Sale Oct. 3 and 4


This sale is just down the road from the Oct. 3 Native Plants sale at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2015

Sierra Nevada Fall Color 9/25/15

Photographer G Dan Mitchell has been posting Sierra fall color reports on his blog. Here are a few  excerpts

September 25, 2015  – Above North Lake, Sabrina Lake, and South Lake there is a lot of color from small aspen trees growing at high elevations in rocky areas.) There was some very good color on the slopes above and just before Parcher’s Resort. Having said that, note that there are still a lot of green trees — for example there is almost no color at Aspendell yet — so the potential for good color in another week or more is still

McGee Creek (too early still), Lundy Canyon (a bit of color but a long ways to go before reaching its peak), Conway Summit (a bit of a complicated story — watch for my update), and Sonora Pass (some fine color at the higher elevations).

September 25, 2015 — Tioga Pass and down the east side of the Sierra as far as Bishop.  Peak fall color is most definitely not here just yet, but I was surprised by how much color I did see. In quite a few places the very small aspens that grow at higher elevations like 9000′ or so have substantially turned. At lower elevations (for example, Lee Vining Canyon) virtually all the trees are still quite green, though with a few spots of early color here and there. Driving south on US 395 I saw quite a bit of high elevation color above the June Lake area.

See his full post, more reports and photos at Sierra Nevada Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2015

Birding Creekside Park 9/26/15

This morning we went back to Creekside Park in Albany, CA. It was cooler and earlier than my last visit and was able to identify 20 bird species.

I had read reports from earlier in the week that reported Chestnut-backed, Orange-crowned, Yellow, Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Only able to find , Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers and a possible Orange-crowned but look was not definitive. Quite a few bird sounds that was unable to identify.

It is an urban park with a mixed habitat of woodland and creek. There are both native and alien trees and shrubs including Willow, Buckeye, Coast Live Oak, Coyote Bush, Blue Elderberry with berries, Eucalyptus, Blackberry, Rose with rosehips, Big Leaf Maple, Liquidamber, Madrone and Sycamore.

Click Read More to see bird list

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2015

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale 10/3/15

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale is October 3. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Friends members only from 9 to 10 a.m.).  This sale offers the full range of California native plants, but especially features manzanitas (Arctostaphylos spp.), California wild lilacs (Ceanothus spp.), buckwheats (Eriogonum spp.), sages (Salvia spp.) and a wide array of subshrubs, shrubs, and trees that, for optimal success, are best planted in the fall.

Look for the FULL plant list  a week or two before the sale at

This sale is just down the road from the Oct. 3 Native Plant Sale at Native Hear Nursery

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 25, 2015

Mono County Fall Color 9/25/15

California Fall Color has a new report for Mono County. Here are the highlights

Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Virginia Creek Rd/Dunderberg Meadow Rd. – Groves of aspen near the Virginia Lakes currently range from bright red, to orange, to gold and lime-green, with a few completely denuded stands (our bet is those that lost their leaves due to black leaf spot).

Patchy (10-50%) – Green Creek/Summer’s Meadow – Green Creek/Summer’s meadow is about to pop and should be peaking within a week.  This is one of the most beautiful areas of the Eastern Sierra and one that few photographers and leaf peepers ever visit.

Patchy (10-50%) – Twin Lakes, Bridgeport – The Twin Lakes area is beginning to glow and by next week should be peaking.

See photos and full report at Mono County Gets Hot – GO NOW!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 25, 2015

Sherwin Lakes/Mammoth Fall Color 9/25/15

California Fall Color reports

Patchy (10-50%) – Sherwin Lakes – Brush paint the trail to the Sherwin Lakes above Mammoth in shades of gold and buff.  At the lakes, a mix of green, lime, yellow and orange aspen are reflected in the lake’s still waters.

See photos at Sherwin Lakes Brightly Beautiful

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 25, 2015

Superior National Forest Fall Color 9/25/15

Superior National Forest reports

There is between 40%-50% color over much of the woods, with patches of both no color and 100% color. Birch and aspen seem a bit ahead of usual, and maple a bit behind.

For downloadable maps of the fall color tours, choose from the options below:

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 25, 2015

Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon 9/27/15

NASA Science reports

On the night of Sept. 27 and into the early hours of Sept. 28, the full Moon will glide through the shadow of Earth, turning the Harvest Moon a golden-red color akin to autumn leaves.The action begins at 9:07 PM Eastern Time on the evening of Sept 27th when the edge of the Moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow.  For the next three hours and 18 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk.Totality begins at 10:11 PM Eastern Time.  That’s when the Moon is completely enveloped by the shadow of our planet.  Totality lasts for an hour and 12 minutes so there is plenty of time to soak up the suddenly-red moonlight.

Read full story at Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon – NASA Science

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2015

Utah Fall Color 9/25/15

Rocky Mt. Nature Photographers has the following fall color report for Northern Utah on 9/25/15

– Logan Canyon (Hwy 89) is at peak on the lower stretches of the canyon coming out of Logan heading east. The oaks in particular are brilliant reds, oranges & yellows.

– Higher up, the aspens are mostly past peak to fully fallen, however there are a few good groves still at peak at the top of Tony Grove and above the lake, but the leaves are falling quickly.

– Park City – aspens are pretty much bare & fully fallen above the ski resorts, with just a few just-past-peak groves left.

– Mirror Lake Byway from Evanston to Kamas the aspen is mostly at peak right now to just past in spots, but the leaves are falling fast. Oaks, cottonwoods & beaver pond foliage are all peaking now at lower elevations.

– Alpine Loop, American Fork Canyon to Provo Canyon – aspen are past peak with many bare trees. Decent color in the oaks on the way up to and coming down from the top.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Colors 9/24/15

Great Smoky Mountains National Park reports

The main fall leaf season is still several weeks away (mid to late October), but color has begun to develop over the past week in high elevation areas. Many birch trees are showing muted yellows, and species such as witch hobble, sumac, and blueberries are sporting red leaves at higher elevation. It’s still early in the season though, so colors should continue to develop over the next week or two along the crests of the mountains.

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