Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 29, 2017

Yosemite Fall Color 10/27/17

Michael FryeMichael Frye reported on his blog

The big-leaf maples were beautiful on Friday; about 90% were yellow, with a few bare trees and a few still green or partially green. The other deciduous trees were decidedly mixed. Most of the dogwoods were partially turned – a mix of green and either yellow, gold, or red. They’re further along and more colorful at higher elevations, like along highways 41 and 120, and in the Tuolumne Grove. The dogwoods in Yosemite Valley should look better in another week or two. The cottonwoods were also still showing a lot of green leaves, along with quite a few brown ones, but there were some that had turned yellow. The cottonwoods may get better over the next week or two as those green leaves turn yellow, but it’s just not a great year for them.

Unfortunately, it’s not a great year for the black oaks either. Almost all their leaves have turned brown. Only a few oaks have normal-looking green or gold leaves. I’m not sure why the oaks had this response after a record-setting year for precipitation. Maybe they got too much water after five years of drought?

See full post  with photos at Yosemite Fall Color – Michael Frye Photography

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