On Sunday afternoon, my wife and I took a leisurely walk through our extended neighborhood. The weather was as nice as a day in late fall can be, and I made a conscious effort to enjoy all the wonderful things I love about this time of year. Very soon—tonight, in fact—the weather will change dramatically, and the wind and rain that are about to descend on us will blow the remaining leaves out of the trees.
Greenbelt near our house; the paved “road” is actually a path for bikes and pedestrians
Greenbelt near our house
Amazing how quickly the grass grows as soon as we have our first fall rains!
The Sacramento Valley isn’t exactly a fall color destination..
…but there are pockets of color…
…even in public spaces
California buckeye (Aesculus californica), always the first shrub to lose its foliage—it starts to turn brown as early as August!
Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis)
Residential fall color
White birch (Betula pendula)
Pebbles and red leaves
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) surrounded by fallen leaves
Dead palm tree trunk; a testament to wishful thinking!
The moss on the rock is thick and lush now; in the heat of summer it’s flat and withered
Still blooming: lantana (Lantana camera or hybrid) along a dry creek in a front yard
In peak bloom: coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Coyote bush flowers
We also came across a beautifully landscaped front yard sporting not one, not two, but four of my favorite leucadendrons. Check this post for details and photos.