Monday, November 23, 2015

Fall color around town

Our part of California isn’t exactly known for stunning fall color. Most of the trees native to the Sacramento Valley simply turn a non-descript brown. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-native trees planted all over Davis that do provide pops of color. Many of them are at their peak, as you will see below, but some are just starting:

151120_Davis_fall_color_008

College Park

This means that there’ll be good color for another few weeks, provided we don’t get a lot of wind that would knock the leaves off the trees.

151120_Davis_fall_color_006

151120_Davis_fall_color_011

Few trees produce more brilliant shades of orange than the Chinese pistache. Here’s a whole row of them:

151120_Davis_fall_color_8th_st_Chinese_pistache

Fall color and succulents? A great combination:

151120_Davis_fall_color_016

The weather on Saturday afternoon was perfect for taking photos.

151120_Davis_fall_color_025

Leaves come to life when backlit against the sun.

151120_Davis_fall_color_022

151120_Davis_fall_color_021

151120_Davis_fall_color_018

My favorite tree for fall color (and a favorite year round) is the ginkgo. Its yellow leaves against the blue sky are pure magic.

151120_Davis_fall_color_035

151120_Davis_fall_color_026

151120_Davis_fall_color_034

151120_Davis_fall_color_030

151120_Davis_fall_color_029

How about agaves, aloes and cacti with a ginkgo in the distance:

151120_Davis_fall_color_036

More yellows…

151120_Davis_fall_color_040

…oranges…

151120_Davis_fall_color_049

151120_Davis_fall_color_050

151120_Davis_fall_color_052

151120_Davis_fall_color_054

Chinese pistache berries

151120_Davis_fall_color_045

…and reds:

151120_Davis_fall_color_039

151120_Davis_fall_color_043

151120_Davis_fall_color_044

151120_Davis_fall_color_047

151120_Davis_fall_color_041

The last photo is my favorite of the day.

I’m glad I took the time to go exploring on Saturday afternoon. I ended up in some areas of town I’d never been before, and I saw some beautiful trees!

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos! I love the colors on the Chinese pistache trees. I've been thinking of planting at least one in my garden. These photos are helping to convince me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Evan, they make great trees, not just in the fall. They're slow growers, though, so buy the biggest specimen you can afford.

      Delete
  2. Imported trees or not, you've got fabulous fall color. We've got nada.

    ReplyDelete
  3. More color than I expected, and more than we had around here! Ours tend to drop pretty quickly after turning too.

    That last photo: hummingbird cloud! (attracted by the reds in that tree)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I still don't see a hummingbird, isn't that weird? The cloud looks like a seahorse to me.

      Delete
  4. Wow! no need to go Eastcoast for fall colors. I will just have to drive to Davis. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow! So much better than here. Also amazing is the size and health of the Pistache trees--there are a few around here about 1/4th the size and with 1/4th the foliage and none of the color. There are dazzling Ginkos in So Cal, but not this year...that darn drought thingy again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was very surprised that we have such great color this year. Maybe it was the recent rains?

      Delete
  6. Love ginkgos so much! Beautiful photos, and the hummingbird cloud is awesome.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The brilliant yellow of ginkgos in the fall is one of nature's greatest sights in my book.

      Delete