Aurulent Autumn

Autumn around here isn’t necessarily something that leaf peepers would come flocking to, as they do in my hometown in Indiana, but the season has its own charm.

Devils Punchbowl

Bigleaf Maples in Prairie Creek

The top photo is in the “high country” around 4,640ft or so just before Devils Punchbowl in the Siskiyou Wilderness. While it’s not the most dramatic hike in regard to fall color, it is amazing for the conifers.  It almost looks like a botanical garden set in granite peaks! Somewhere around 15 or 17 species are found up here, some left from the last glaciation period. Speaking of glaciers, the little lakes up there were carved by them. Worth a visit to this sensitive area–just tread lightly!

The second photo is from [of course!] Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Bigleaf maples are one of the few species in the redwoods that throw color into the forest during the fall. I’d assume that the prominence of yellow is one of the reasons banana slugs might be yellow. Pity, since that crunchy yellow leaf wasn’t actually so crunchy…more on the smooshy side…[a tip if you’re like me and have to move all banana slugs off the trail–don’t use water to remove the slime off your fingers, scrape it off instead!]

You’d think with all the yellow around, people would get sick of it, but October is odd here. Along with a scattering of blue-sky days, the thickest fog comes around during this month [9 days straight of fog, 3 minutes of sunshine on the 9th day, little over an hour on the 10th day, and about a half an hour this morning, the 11th day]. The golden yellows of autumn serve to remind us that we don’t live in a world of grey tones.

Surfer at Houda Point

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6 thoughts on “Aurulent Autumn

  1. About a month ago, I was thinking we weren’t going to get any fall colors and then recently they seem to have exploded. I was just a bit to the east of you in the Shasta area. Not much other than the green conifers up on the mountain, but plenty of color at lower elevations. This is such a glorious time of year!

    • PS Just can’t help it, but the banana slugs just creep me out. When we first moved to Oregon back in 1994, the first week I found a huge specimen crawling up the front door. Embarrassing, but I pulled the stereotypical female freak out. Since then, I’ve learned to keep it down to saying “yuck”! ;)

    • It is a glorious time of year, I agree! The banana slugs are pretty gross. I’m amazed so many people talk about licking or kissing them when they were little.

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