Yosemite Valley in the national park was a bright spot for fall colors this week, and travelers who go this weekend may be lucky enough to catch the tail end of peak colors
Those hues are captured in Nicholas Barnhart's
photo of Half Dome reflected in the Merced River. (It's the black oaks
that add the orange glow.)
"All areas in the national park are at
peak or past peak," California Fall Color reports. "Yosemite Valley and
Wawona have a week, perhaps two (depending on wind), of peak color left
In Southern California, golden cottonwoods at the
campgrounds continue around Lake Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains.
Good color at Lake Gregory in the San Bernardino Mountains should hold
through this week.
In other areas, California's autumn spread shifts to the flatlands of urban areas.
The website recommends the drive from Yuba City to Red Bluff along Highway 99 to see walnut trees that have turned yellow.
Stop in downtown Chico where the Esplanade and Bidwell Park are showing canopies of yellow, gold, red and orange.
the Central Valley, Sacramento's London plane trees are turning
throughout the city. More colors are bursting along the American River
Parkway, where valley oak and black cottonwood leaves take their turn.
east, Napa Valley's north county grapevines show "brilliantly colored
crimson, yellow, orange and lime green grape leaves," California Fall
And then there are creatures that add colors on the
fly. Orange-and-black monarch butterflies on their annual migration
route have returned to the eucalyptus trees of Natural Bridges State
Park and Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz.
"I've never been
surrounded by more butterflies," color spotter Cory Poole says on the
fall colors website. "Even at special butterfly house-type exhibits you
rarely have more than a hundred or so butterflies, while here there were