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November 10, 2012
thought yesterday's post would be our last for this year, but we
just had to post this one that
Mike Nellor sent. This
great was photo taken at Oakland Camp this morning. He calls
it "The Last Hurrah" and we can see why. Snowfall last night and
forecast for a bit more here and there for the next week or two.
It's just beautiful with the snow, though.
November 9, 2012
Brrrrr....It is COLD outside. Guess this means that our leaf
peeper blog is officially coming to a close. We've had an incredible
Awesome Autumn season, thanks to Mother Nature, great leaf-peeper
reports and photos.
Thanks to everyone who contributed all the wonderful fall foliage
photos and stories. Also, thanks to everyone who logged on to the
site to have a look or to plan a fall color itinerary.
We look forward to hearing from you, and having you back again
next year! Or even sooner! Don't forget, we have some incredible
conifers that make great Christmas trees! And they're only $10 (for
a permit to cut your own.) Thanks again for coming to visit us!
We'll be back next year for more leaf-peeping!
We are in the process of switching over to our holiday page and
the return of the Plumas Buzz, so stay tuned for that!
November 7, 2012
something you don't see every day! Rex Burress sent us
this photo and note: "This tree grows on a rock at Oroville, CA,
across from the Feather River Nature Center." Thanks Rex.
November 6, 2012 (3 pm)
Just received a report and photos from our Indian Valley
leaf-peeper Jeff Titcomb.
Here's his report: I am amazed at the difference a little rain
under the canopy of Golden and Red Oaks out around the Indian Valley
along North Valley Road, Diamond Mountain Road and North Arm Road.
on to Taylorsville and back along the stunning colors of Arlington
Road to Crescent Mills,
then on to Greenville and Lake Almanor.
Really the rain has slowed up the leaves from drying and
dying, so they are holding on and changing to Awesome Fall color.
November 6, 2012
leaf-peeping friend from Quincy, Michael Beatley checked in
again this morning with some gorgeous shots he took yesterday
afternoon while hiking along Spanish Creek on the Cascades Trail.
November 5, 2012
Webb, owner of
Emily's Garden in Quincy, just shared this beautiful
shot from Sunday evening. It's Indian Creek at the Taylorsville
campground in Indian Valley. She calls it "Reflections of Gold" - we
can see why!
Our fall colors are still going strong, although in checking
weather forecasts this morning, some rain and snow are predicted for
Thursday and Friday. The weekend is now being forecast as clear but
cold. Perfect weather for the Veterans Day weekend. Don't forget the
huge merchant's Mountain
Affair Holiday in the Lake Almanor area over the long weekend.
And why not plan to make it a family affair and cut your own
Christmas Tree while you're here? (See highlighted area above)
November 3, 2012
We have another new leaf-peeper checking in this morning.
Castillo sent a couple of photos she took along Indian Creek in
the beautiful Genesee Valley. Genesee is a part of the Indian Valley
area. It can be reached off Hwy 89 and the Taylorsville Road.
November 2, 2012
You're all in for a another real treat today, leaf-peepers!
Ed Schnurbusch, a photographer from Willows, visited here
over the weekend and shared his photos. We'll let Ed tell you about
Ten members from the West Side Photo Group in Willows recently
spent 3 days shooting Fall colors in Plumas county.
came up on Friday, Oct. 26 by way of Hwy 70 through the Feather
River Canyon. Our first stop was Bear creek Falls just upstream from
Cresta power station and across the road from the rest area.
stopping for lunch at Belden, we made our way east.
were lucky enough to catch a train crossing the Keddie Wye on our
way into Quincy. Upon arriving into Quincy, we stopped at the
visitors center only to find it had been closed due to budget cuts.
I had told the other members about the Leaf Peeper kits and we were
hoping to get some. We were directed to the museum where we were
able to pick up Fall Color Tour Maps and information on the Quilt
headed east and stopped at Graeagle for some evening pictures. One
of our members has a family home in Portola so that's where we spent
morning we headed back west, taking Chandler Rd north back to Hwy
70. We found various forms of wildlife and some great colors along
the hills and small creeks. Scattered fog covered some of the hills
and low valleys.
the late morning and early afternoon, she shot pictures along Indian
Creek and along the road to Taylorsville.
back to Quincy, we made our way up to Bucks lake where we found some
beautiful colors accented by a lot of snow.
was about 14" of the white stuff at Thompson Lake where we shot
reflecting Aspens against a dark hillside.
Sunday morning found everyone going their separate ways to
shoot on their trips back to the valley. We have members from Colusa
to Corning. A few of the members went home by way of Hwy 32 and shot
pictures along Deer Creek.
Another member and I went back down Hwy 70 where we found a large
group of kayakers paddling the rapids between Tobin and Storrie. It
was a fun weekend, no matter what your photographic taste runs. All
the members found something to their liking and got many great
shots. Whether it was bright colors, quilt barns, rusty old pieces
of equipment or wildlife, we all found something to shoot in the
mountains of Plumas County.
I really appreciate the work put into the Leaf-Peeper page. This is
the second year we have come to Plumas County for the Fall colors
and your website is a great resource for planning our trips. Keep up
the good work.
November 1, 2012 (afternoon)
Mike Nellor, owner of
Ada's Place in Quincy,
checked in again with these fabulous photos.
says he spent this morning in the Oakland Camp area, along Spanish
Creek. Let's just look at his work from today - the colors speak for
November 1, 2012
Another new leaf-peeper today folks. Marcie Wilson from
Davis sent this report and gorgeous photos about her trip on
Tuesday, October 30.
for the informative web site, we were really hoping to see fall
color and we were not disappointed! We drove from Davis up Hwy 70 to
Quincy and saw plenty of color along the way, we loved the Halloween
decorations and the amazing tree at this home in Quincy.
the 30th we drove back home and enjoyed the color and snow at Bucks
Lake and continued on via Bucks Lake Rd down to Oroville. The
attached bridge, Bucks Lake Rd & fern photos are from Tuesday, Oct
was still plenty of color and snow along Bucks Lake Rd. Some of the
Aspen trees up at Bucks Lake were past peak on one side of the road
but there was still plenty to see.
a gorgeous shot of Mt. Lassen sent in by new leaf-peeper,
Sue Akers. Sue says they have a cabin here and got up extra
early Sunday morning, October 28, to get this shot. Thanks Sue.
October 30, 2012
Hello friends. No photos to share today, but we are here to
assure you that our fall foliage is still at its peak! Just
made the round trip from Portola to Quincy this morning. Highway 70
is beautiful all the way. The hillsides all along the route are
proudly sporting their orange, red, gold and yellow leaves. A short
trip south on Highway 89 toward Graeagle shows the cottonwood and
aspen trees still bright golden yellow along the Feather River.
Our weather forecast is showing some rain on Wednesday night and
Thursday, then mostly clear and sunny through the weekend. So take
advantage of what may be the last clear weekend while the leaves are
beautiful. Come on up and visit, you'll be glad you did!
October 28, 2012
third report comes from John Redman, The Master's Light
Photography, out of Sacramento. Another fantastic photographer!
We love these reports from our visitors and invite you to send yours
too. John writes:
I spent the day on Saturday in Plumas County. I initially thought it
might be a long drive for little. It was very foggy and socked in
really good. But, as always seems to happen, I was led to the Buck's
Lake area and as I drove higher the fog disappeared, revealing
beautiful blue skies and lots of color.
you for contacting me and letting me know that the colors were
really popping. They were!
Take care and thank you so much for your site. I love the
distinctive fall colors of Plumas County! God bless.
the second report comes from a Carly, a fantastic
photographer! And writer! Here's her message, followed by her
photos. She invited us to
read her blog
I had the pleasure of visiting your lovely county yesterday, October
27th, and I put together a nice gallery of photos from my wanderings
about the county. I hope you enjoy seeing them. Thank you so much
for keeping your site updated. Autumn is my favorite season, in fact
I live for it, so I am always thrilled to follow along with the
progress of the gorgeous colors in your area. I can't think of a
better way to spend a sunny late October day, then to be able to
spend it in such loveliness!
So far today, we've received three leaf peeper reports. We'll
start with the first one received. Jeff Titcomb sent a series
of photos from around Indian Valley.
writes: Indian Valley near Taylorsville is nice and colorful. The
entire trail down Arlington Road to Taylorsville and out to Genesee
is a Great drive still.
you have the time go up and around Antelope Lake too. It's worth it!
You'll see all kinds of wildlife and just a touch of snow here and
there. So Perfect."
agree, it's just perfect right now!
October 26, 2012
It really is peak color right now! Jeff Titcomb sent
these photos from the Indian Valley area yesterday. You can see
there's a bit of snow on the ground, but the foliage wasn't affected
at all by the snow.
says "Arlington looks great with some snow on it and the fall colors
all up and down the mountain."
moisture only adds to the myriad of existing colors.
October 25, 2012
Sorry to be late posting today, but this writer has been in
meetings all day - from 8 am on. But I promised to give an
update in case you're planning a visit this weekend. By all
means, come up now! The hillsides are just beautiful, the
sky is blue, the roads are clear and the remaining snow on the tops
of the peaks lends a gorgeous backdrop for the changing leaves.
The oaks on the hills around Quincy are in full color, and the
drive along Hwy 70 between Graeagle and Quincy is beautiful. I'm
declaring Peak Color today!
Will be posting another that just came in shortly. Stay tuned
October 24, 2012
Not much new to report. It's mostly a light rain today, with the
predictions still saying clearing on Thursday and sunshine Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. There is a "chance of rain" showing for Monday
and Tuesday, but no mention of snow at all. So, come on up
this weekend - it promises to be beautiful, and with a backdrop of
snow on the mountains, the leaves will be brighter than ever.
October 23, 2012
We had a few more inches of snow last night, but so far today the
sky is blue with white puffy clouds. It's cold though, brrrrr!
We have several reports to post today. I guess folks were busy
enjoying the weekend and just now got around to editing their photos
and sending them in. A big thanks to all our leaf-peepers. We
couldn't do this without you!
And last, this wonderful report and photos from Chuck Viebrock,
Unsure what the weather was going to do this week in advance, I
made an abbreviated swing through the county Saturday. I've been in
several counties south of Plumas in the past 2 weeks all the way to
Rte. 50 and noted conditions so dry that many trees are "browning"
out rather than changing color. Observed some of this in Plumas
where water isn't readily accessible, but Plumas is in much
better shape than to the south.
photos are from Twenty
Mile House off Old Cromberg Road through Quincy and on up
Bucks Lake Rd. to Thompson Lake.
of the Old Cromberg & court house photos are taken in strong winds,
other photos in Quincy are on Lee Way and W. High St. on the dead
end court. I'm sure you have names for some of these trees.
include a shot of a couple of High St. apples!
Bucks Lake Road photos are between the info stop and the lake. There
were numerous good dogwood photo ops on the way up to the lake.
Thompson Lake aspens look like they'll be a photo op for another
You have the friendliest citizens! Many of them seeing
visitors with a camera direct them to trees and areas that might
otherwise be missed. They're a big help. Wish it was that way
Second is a very unusual photo kindly submitted by Dave Butler
from San Jose. Last weekend I drove around the hills and found this
meadow as you enter Graeagle.Then, I created a photo illustration:
Thanks Dave. We've never seen a compilation of shots like this
before. It truly shows all the colors in the Graeagle area in one
place. Very nice!
First up is a report and photos from
of Quincy. She writes:
are some photos I took Saturday from Greenville back to Quincy on 89
and then up Buchanan Street."
was delighted to see that there are still lots of oak trees that
haven't changed yet on this gorgeous drive. I think it's going
to be like having two Awesome Autumns this year, after this
storm passes through!"
photo on the left shows the
Pine Hill Motel as
you drive into Quincy from the west. The one on the right is the
Plumas County Courthouse in downtown Quincy.
October 22, 2012
Well this is fun! Fun if you like snow and rain! We
woke up to a light covering of snow this morning with a promise of a
couple of inches more during the next couple of days. The good
news is that after the snow and rain are gone - right now predicted
to be Thursday, everything is so fresh and beautiful with bright
sunshine and clear blue skies. And this weekend and next week's
prediction is for sunshine every day. But be sure to bundle up
because temperatures will be in the high 50s and the lows in the
So don't lose hope, we haven't even reached peak color yet in
most of the county. The cottonwood and aspen along the Feather River
outside Graeagle are gorgeous, and the drive from Graeagle to Quincy
on Hwy 70 is starting to look really nice. The oaks high on
the hills east of Quincy are turning a gorgeous orange, with a bit
of red here and there. By Thursday, we expect their color will
Stay tuned please, we'll report new snowfall amounts and weather
predictions as received.
October 21, 2012
We're so excited hearing from these new leaf-peepers!
Denise Russell, from Quincy, just reported in:
are a few pics taken on the drive up to Silver Lake (northwest
of Quincy) on 10/20/2012."
changing black oaks, big leaf maples, and aspens are bright
spots of color in the surrounding forest."
The first new leaf-peeper to check in this morning, Jim Rubins
certainly captured some fall foliage in these shots. Thanks Jim.
two show the beauty of bright yellow aspen along Hwy 89 where it
turns off toward Lassen Volcanic National Park near Mill Creek.
one shows the Feather River as it flows through downtown Chester.
this one captures a lone tree on Hwy 70 just south of the Greenville
Wye. (Intersection with Hwy 89)
October 20, 2012
Rex Buress, from Oroville, joined us this morning with a
short message and two beautiful photos of grape leaves along the
didn't say exactly where along the Feather River he took these
shots, but aren't they beautiful?
October 19, 2012
We welcome a new leaf-peeper from Indian Valley. Emily Webb,
Emily's Garden, sent the following report and photos. Fall
foliage is looking really nice in the Indian Valley area.
"Here are some pics I took yesterday on Indian Creek, Hwy 89,
just about two miles past the Greenville Y, across from the Dawn
Institute. There is a big pull off there and a trail that leads to
the creek for some great shots."
Our Indian Valley leaf-peeper, Jeff Titcomb, took a quick run
out of Greenville on Wolf Creek Road yesterday. He reports it is one
of the most colorful drives, and "right here in town."
He shared these photos of Greenville fall colors and reminds us that
the Indian Valley barn quilts are colorful all year long. What a
good reminder Jeff, fall is a really nice time to take a drive for
fall foliage and barn quilts all around the valley.
View the Barn Quilt Trail here.
October 18, 2012
Charley Arrowsmith, shared some photos he took yesterday in the
area behind the courthouse in downtown Quincy.
the corner of Lee Way and Lee Circle
Monte Vista and Foothill
of leaves on the famous Thieler tree...
and those same leaves awaiting raking.
October 17, 2012
This has been a busy day. Just received a new report and photos
from Jeff Titcomb from Indian Valley (Greenville).
took a drive out on Williams Valley Road and Power Line Road, toward
Indian Head (Keddie Ridge) and reports "The oaks are all changing
slowly but good color, both red and yellows."
in Greenville he enjoyed seeing four large bucks eating apples right
off of Main Street.
Jeff adds: "The drive out to Copper Creek Camp is a nice one."
It was so good to hear from our friend
Joe Willis this
morning. Joe calls his report "Not your usual fall colors." And he's
right! Be sure to check out his photos full size so you can better
see what he means. He writes:
I've been busy for two days showing friends from England some of
my favorite local trails. What are generally considered the "prime
targets" of fall colors seekers were not particularly impressive
where we went - Butterfly Valley, Keddie Cascades Trail, Spanish
Peak, and Oakland Camp. But I found lots of other source of color.
Darlingtonia Bog at Butterfly Valley Botanical Area was mostly brown
at first glance. But a short walk through the blog revealed really
cute "baby" Darlingtonias that I photographed with a quarter to show
Sundew were their usual bright red, and I was was surprised to find
several species of flowers blooming. I include here a shot of a
the Keddie Cascades Trail we found some colorful Umbrella Plants
(AKA Indian Rhubarb) and lots of Big Leaf Maple and Dogwood,
although it isn't the best year for them.
highlight of that walk was the Wooly Bear, a caterpillar of one of
the Tiger Moths.
Oakland Camp, beyond Gilson Creek crossing, the Black Oaks were
putting on a good show.
when we hiked through Bucks Wilderness on Sunday, the most
impressive color show was at the top of Granite Gap. When you enter
the forest of huge Red Firs, the bright yellow Wolf Lichen on the
trunks is breath-taking.
October 16, 2012
Our friend and frequent leaf peeper,
Mike Nellor, went to
Oakland Camp this morning and sent these stunning photos.
Oakland Camp is just east of Quincy off Chandler Road. Mike writes:
"What an array of color this morning at Oakland Camp.
are finally starting to blush with color,
the rhubarb is just at peak,
grapes and creek dogwood are also showing good color. Horses were a
kindly shared her jaunt to Meadow Valley last Sunday. Meadow Valley
is a small community about seven miles out of Quincy on the Bucks
views are gorgeous at Spanish Ranch right now", Jeanne reported.
These two photos show Spanish Peak in the background.
into Meadow Valley, check out the scenery by both bridges going into
be sure to stop at Lowell Bader Park for a picnic and short walk
down to Spanish Creek." (We think you might be able to "sniff" out
more fall color along the creek as demonstrated by Belle.)
First, this morning, here's Jeff Titcomb's report from
Indian Valley. Jeff sent these great photos too.
drive to Round Valley is "Good" not great yet. If you do go make a
tour around the lake, the road is in good condition and upgraded
recently by the USFS. The Chips Fire brought equipment into the area
and they did a good job fixing the road.
trip over the top to Canyon Dam is good too. Arlington out
and around Antelope is a nice trip as well. The Aspens are at peak
but the others are lagging behind.
dogwoods are changing but slowly and still a pink to green mix.
October 15, 2012
Another new leaf-peeper just checked in. Mark Cowan sent this
beautiful photo and this note: "I see I wasn't the only one
wandering around the Feather River near Blairsden/Graeagle this
shot just (Feather River) upstream of Plumas Pines on a gorgeous
fall afternoon. Almost there... in a week or so this whole area will
be at the peak of perfection!" We couldn't agree more, Mark.
October 15, 2012
Another leaf-peeper checks in! Karen Kleven writes: "I
decided to check out fall colors in Quincy today. (yesterday, Oct.
I headed up the Quincy water district property at the end of Coburn
Street, same street you'll find the museum on. Walk to the end and
take the dirt trail to the right. It's a very beautiful hike along
Boyle Creek but the colors aren't great yet. Lots of maple and
dogwood but not sure if it's too early for great colors. Some
dogwood is pinkish red.
after that hike I walked around upper part of town and saw some
beautiful red and yellow trees that are probably at their peak. Try
Lee Rd and Monte Vista and just look for brilliant red trees.
Another treat as I was walking around is sampling some apples on
a variety of trees that haven't been picked. This would be a
beautiful time to visit Quincy."
October 14, 2012
we previously took you on a little tour of downtown Quincy, today we
want to share photos from yesterday's trip by new leaf-peeper,Terrie
Moritz. She and a friend started their tour at the
intersection of Hwy 70 and 89 heading toward Graeagle.
drove through the little town of Blairsden, just off Hwy 89, and
proceeded on the very scenic back road leading to Graeagle. About a
mile down the road a one-lane bridge crosses the Feather River.
Terrie reports there's plenty of parking and a nice little path
along the river leading to some good photo opportunities.
the back road into town, Terrie reports the Graeagle Pond has some
nice color showing too.
was such a beautiful day, we decided to drive up the Gold Lake
Highway. We took the loop to Frazier Falls off the highway and
enjoyed the scenery immensely" Terrie added. While walking the trail
leading to the falls, she came upon a group of girls from Reno out
on a "girl's weekend." The shots she included were taken from the
footbridge across Frazier Creek on the way to the falls.
October 13, 2012
PM Just received this gorgeous photo of the famous "Judge
Thieler" tree taken moments ago by Charley Arrowsmith.
Charley calls this photo "In Memoriam" and tells us this is the 6th
anniversary of Judge Thieler's passing. What a beautiful
tribute! Be sure to view it full size.
maple tree shots from this morning in Meadow Valley. Thanks
Michael Beatley! Meadow Valley is a small community just west of
Quincy on Bucks Lake Road.
is a sugar maple (left) and a red maple up close.
We just spoke with a leaf-peeper who lives at Bucks Lake. She
says the dogwood are just barely starting, and the aspen at Bucks
Lake and Thompson Lake haven't changed much at all. She's estimating
at least one week and maybe two before peak color at Bucks Lake. But
in the meantime, the Quincy area is beautiful, and as you can see
from today's photos, Meadow Valley's maples are really turning.
Jeff Titcomb reports that the dogwood is changing nicely on the
road to Round Valley Lake out of Greenville. "Nice pinks and reds
along the road." And the road to Antelope Lake is very nice too, he
reports, where the color is at about 60% to 75% peak.
October 12, 2012
Since we had a stroll through a Quincy neighborhood yesterday, we
thought you might like to see an overview of Quincy today.
a great shot sent in by Mike Nellor,
Ada's Place proprietor, taken
this morning from Gansner Hill. Be sure to click on it for an
enlarged view. That beautiful orange tree in the middle of the photo
is the famous Thieler tree.
here's what the silver maples in front of Quincy High School looked
like yesterday at about 5:00 pm. Things are going to go fast now.
If you're planning a trip to Plumas County, now is the time to do
it! While driving through downtown Quincy yesterday, we saw that the
merchants are really getting into the fall spirit. The yummiest fall
display we found was at
offering mouth-watering caramel-dipped apples, and they're huge!
in! Another gorgeous shot of Indian Rhubarb along Mill Creek
submitted by Michael Beatley.
October 11, 2012
we're going to take you on a little stroll around a neighborhood in
Quincy, thanks to
Jeanne Brovelli, another new leaf-peeper reporter.
Jeanne reports: "Quincy is absolutely gorgeous right now. Here
are some photos taken in Quincy proper, behind the courthouse. I
will keep adding to this album as we are still a few weeks away from
the neighborhood Autumn peak."
And speaking of downtown Quincy, here's a real treat kindly
posted and shared by this website's newest sponsor and absolute
expert on the famous Thieler sugar maple,
Charley Arrowsmith. Click on the link to his blog and
see how this tree has progressed to full color this year.
(Be sure to click on any of these photos to see a larger
October 10, 2012
so happy to have received reports and photos from a new leaf-peeper
this morning! Michael Beatley of Quincy drove up to Bucks
Lake yesterday afternoon and sent these stunning "transition color"
photos. The Indian Rhubarb shots clearly show the transition from
green to almost full color.
took them Mill Creek as it runs into Bucks Lake. Michael reports
"the colors starting to turn, but another week will bring out the
best...beautiful hike up the creek from the campground."
amazing colors of transition are sometimes more beautiful and
interesting to photograph than leaves at peak, just because of all
the different hues and patterns.
sure to click on any of these photos to see a larger version. These
colors are awesome!
October 9, 2012
to Mike Nellor, here
are this morning's photos of the silver maples along Highway 70 in
front of the Safeway store in Quincy. Comparing these shots to the
same trees last year, taken on October 11, we found that we're right
on schedule for our peak color; usually the week of October 20th.
little past Quincy High's silver maples, Mike found this nice
sporting some bright colors.
We're finally getting some below-freezing nights now, and with
the daylight hours waning, the leaves will soon complete their
transition to fall.
October 8, 2012
A new leaf-peeper just checked in. Welcome Suzi Brakken, the
former Director of the Plumas County Visitors Bureau. Suzi has been
writing these leaf-peeper reports for more than 15 years. Due to the
closing of the Visitors Bureau earlier this year, she has found a
new job. I'm sure you can figure out what it is by reading her
was a beautiful day for the fall wedding of Ashley and Fred at Twenty
Mile House in Cromberg. The cottonwoods are not
quite yet at peak, but the silver maples on the property provided
some nice accents for the eggplant and burnt orange colors of the
wedding! Over 120 guests from as far as New York and Philadelphia
flew in for this Sacramento couple's big day.
two weeks, Cromberg's cottonwoods should be at peak, along with the
oaks and willows, making the drive along Hwy. 70 and back roads
spectacular! Twenty Mile House, which has already hosted 27 weddings
this season, will welcome its final 2012 wedding guests on Oct. 20.
That will be peak foliage week around the 200-acre eco-friendly
wedding estate, along with most of Plumas County!"
(click on a photo to see a larger version)
October 7, 2012
As promised, Jeff Titcomb just sent this message and a
Facebook album to show what it looked like at Antelope Lake
during the Indian Valley Leaf-Peepers Century ride yesterday. Thanks
Jeff, for the update!
"The trees are changing but all of the yellow is just barely
getting there. It will be a few weeks for peak color. The aspens
are 65% easily and some are even done. The driving is easy and
relaxed, and many side shoots to choose from for a little off
roading adventure. Not much by way of red up here near Antelope.
The shades of green changing to orange and golden hues of yellow
are coming soon."
October 6, 2012
of our local "celebrity" trees - Judge Thieler's tree as it looks
this morning per Mike Nellor. This mighty sugar maple is on
the corner of Lee Way and High Street in downtown Quincy. Be sure to
click on the image to see the full shot. And be sure to check back -
the "Thieler Tree" will make many appearances on this page as it
changes to peak color.
October 6, 2012
Jeff Titcomb, who checked in again to share more photos.
Jeff reports the Taylorsville area is easily at 35% of peak, and
more so in the higher country. He included photos of large leaf
maples and oaks that are changing.
(click on a photo to see a larger version)
October 5, 2012
Mike Nellor has been out and about again.
is Middle Fork Feather River and confluence of Nelson Creek at
here's Grady posing in front of Indian Rhubarb just starting to show
To find this area, Mike says take the second right past the
bridge and campground at La Porte Rd. and Middle Fork; definitely
4x4 road down to parking area and trail head.
October 4, 2012
Mike Nellor sent his
report from this morning's hike. It's good to keep in mind that some
of the best fall color is viewed by getting out of your car and
going for a walk. You can find all sorts of things, and
photographers have opportunities for close-ups of interesting trees
and shrubs, especially along creeks.
Mike writes: "My hike this morning up above Spanish Aggregate out
Bucks Lake Rd. about 3 miles from Quincy. View is looking back at
Feather River College. The dogwoods in this area are about halfway
and big leaf maples are at peak."
is the view Mike saw looking toward Feather River College.
And here are his other photos. (Click on any one to see a larger
October 3, 2012
We have a new leaf-peeper checking in this morning. Jeff Titcomb,
from Greenville, sent us some nice photos and this report: "It's all
coming on strong. The wild locust trees are yellow. The dogwoods are
going red. The large leaf maples are yellow. The higher up you go
the more solid the colors.
Crystal Lake and up that way on Mt. Hough is in full color now."
All of the locations he's talking about are in beautiful Indian
Valley on Highway 89 between the Feather River Canyon (Hwy. 70) and
Lake Almanor. While Jeff didn't identify the photos he sent, you can
easily spot the red maple leaves and the dogwood just turning red.
Jeff promises to get some photos of this weekend's
Century Bike Ride through Indian
(click on a photo to see a larger version)
October 2, 2012
We love it! Mike Nellor sent some more photos today.
Taken this morning in the Oakland Camp area just east of Quincy.
Mike says "Indian rhubarb and wild grape starting to show a bit more
color. Sweet peas hanging in there!" Spanish Creek is the stream
shown in the rhubarb photo.
And we have an answer to the "Alien Creature" photo (yesterday's
report). Genie from Carson City says it looks like a dead chrysalis
of a Monarch butterfly on host plant milkweed. Thanks Genie.
October 1, 2012
Mike Nellor kindly sent us another report today. He said
these photos are from a trip yesterday to the Middle Fork Feather
River. "As you can see it is just beautiful, lots of gold here, (ha
ha, couldn't help myself), and a hint of red starting to show. Don't
know what that critter on the leaf is."
Here are Mike's photos; perhaps our friend Joe Willis can
identify the "critter."
(click on a photo to see a larger version)
September 29, 2012
Joe Willis checked in again, with a report he entitled "While
Waiting for the Leaves." Here are some shots of colorful fruits that
keep me entertained while waiting for the colors of leaves to peak.
The Black Cottonwoods, Maples and Oaks around Quincy are still
mostly green, and if you can't drive to higher elevations to enjoy
the fall colors underway there, you can still find lots of colorful
sights in the woods around Quincy, especially if you hike in shady
areas and/or where there's running water. Here's a sampler:
Gooseberries around Quincy have mostly been eaten or gone to seed,
but if you explore north-facing hillsides where they're known to
occur, or drive up just a few hundred feed in elevation in the
mountains surrounding Quincy, you can still find Gooseberries. This
photo was taken on the Slate Creek Road.
Grape grows in lots of people's yards as well as in the forest. This
one was photographed in Boyle Ravine, as were the Rose Hips.
turning red are easy to find around Quincy. These were photographed
either on Lee Road or Coburn. I can't remember.
(click on a photo to see a larger version)
the Mountain Ash is growing wild in Bucks Wilderness among other
places in the 5,000 to 6,500 foot range, the best one I ever saw is
growing right next to the courthouse in Quincy.
Don't forget to enjoy the colorful bugs that are visiting the late
summer wildflowers like Rabbitbrush and Goldenrod. Be sure to check
out Joe's blog
for more excellent photos, and bugs!
September 28, 2012
Mike Nellor shared a couple of photos of dirt. What? Look
closer, they're bear paw prints. We're glad he didn't find the bear
that made them!
says: "Needless to say it's a very active bear season now and a lot
of hunters too, so use caution. These were on the Beckworth Trail
just east of Snake Lake." Snake Lake is just west of Quincy on Bucks
(click on a photo to see a larger version)
September 28, 2012
it's still early for full fall color here in Plumas County, we were
glad to receive these photos of Staghorn Sumac taken this very
morning by Valerie Nellor.
She said she can see these trees from just outside the back door
at Ada's Place in downtown
Quincy. Val says she expects these leaves will be in "full bloom" in
another week or two.
September 27, 2012
checked in again late yesterday with these photos. He was on the
campus at Feather River College in Quincy.
Here are some photos taken today on the FRC campus - except for
the one from East Quincy in front of Papa's Donuts.
large California Black Oaks are just beginning to turn. Mostly still
green, but there are a few branches that have turned the
characteristic rusty orange color that will soon be common on the
hills all around the college and elsewhere in the county.
they'll turn bright red like this sample from the small oaks in
front of Papa's Donuts. Most of the maples around town have barely
begun to show some red so I haven't photographed them yet.
biggest patches of red I've seen are on the Choke Cherry. Here are
two photos from the FRC campus, one showing some wasp galls on a
leaf. They are rather colorful and in spring will yield tiny,
Rabbitbrush, still blooming bright yellow all around the county, are
attracting very colorful insects like the Skippers, a butterfly
relative, Thread-waisted Wasps, and California Sister Butterflies.
Peel Fungus, too, was on the FRC campus today. Very beautiful. There
are a dozen of them growing under a stairway between buildings on
the upper campus.
September 26, 2012
just received a report from Mike Nellor, a Quincy resident and owner
of Ada's Place. Mike says it
seems we're right on schedule for fall colors again this year.
sent this great shot of Indian Rhubarb just starting to turn. This
is where Rock Creek and Meadow Valley Creek flow together, just a
couple of miles west of Quincy on Bucks Lake Road.
This shot (right) is of chokecherry just starting to change.
This is also off Bucks Lake Road out of Quincy.
this last shot shows an oak tree at Oakland Camp - just east of
Quincy. Mike says the oaks are "spotty" so far.
So stay tuned, folks, and check back often. Our fall color season
is here. We'll have more photos and reports to post in the
next couple of days.
September 15, 2012
We're so happy to have our first fall color report from Joe
Willis, naturalist, educator, and photographer/blogger. He
leaf at a time - this Dogwood in Boyle Ravine gives a big hint of
what's to come.
here's Cascara Buckthorn. In most places around here it's still
green, but in places where the soil is drying out rapidly the
process of turning red seems to speed up. These were on the hill
below my house in Quincy.
Joe has lots more information and great photos of bugs and
blooming flowers among the fall colors on
September 8, 2012
too early to start seeing much change of color, but our great
reporter from Indian Valley, Richard McCutcheon, becomes our first
leaf-peeper to report this year. He sent this photo and says:
" I can judge when the colors are going to turn by my neighbor's
Virginia Creeper. I would say we are almost a month away from some
real pretty colors."