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I have been wanting to get outside to shoot photos of the beautiful colors of fall here in the Sierra Foothills, and did just a quick run through my garden. I am hoping that I will be able to get out this coming weekend to really take some time to capture the beauty that surrounds us here. For today, I will just feature a few of the amazing shapes and colors just in my yard…

Liquid Amber.

Stars in nature

Stars in nature

Redbud.

Fading hearts

Fading hearts

Ginko.

Split fans

Split fans

Pistachio.

The reds in the pistachio

The reds in the pistachio

Virginia Creeper.

A red star

A red star

I hope that you enjoyed this quick trip through the yard! Have a great Thursday and thanks for stopping by!

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This has been a strange year indeed. The world around is not behaving as it has over our time living here. We have signs all around us that may indicate an early fall. Tell me what you think, and look around your neck of the woods and see if you see what I see! Then please do comment if you see signs too!

By this time I would be posting photos of huge plants in my vegetable garden, but this year my tomatoes: One is still 6″ tall, and the other two, are maybe a foot tall. My corn (do you remember the photos from last year?) are maybe a foot and a half tall and are flowering. The zucchini plants are maybe one foot in circumference, and the acorn squash are still 6 inches. The peppers are no bigger than they were at the end of May, and reach 6″ high. Yes this is in the lasagne garden! No garden photos as it is a bit embarrassing!

One of the first things I noticed is that the Chinese Maple is turning color. Here we are at the end of July and this tree does not change color until late September, early October.

The Chinese Maples are turning color

The Chinese Maples are turning color

My Virginia creepers are turning red. They do not turn red, in normal conditions, until October as well.

The Virginia creepers are turning red

The Virginia creepers are turning red

As we hit September, the Digger Pines start to shed, which means needles start to turn brown. When the rains and winds hit in late October early November, they fall and create a lot of work for us. Here is a shot of one of the many Digger Pines in our yard. They are ready to shed needles.

The Digger Pines are shedding two months early

The Digger Pines are shedding two months early

Our Poplar is turning gold and so are others in the neighborhood.

Poplars going gold!

Poplars going gold!

There is a plant in the garden at the winery, and the name of this plant is Spirea. It turns beautiful shades of red in the fall. The leaves are starting to turn as this photo shows.

Spirea are starting to change color

Spirea are starting to change color

The black walnut trees are dropping leaves and the fruit seems to be starting to dry out, which they need to do before the nuts fall. What do you think about the leaves on this tree?

The Black Walnut leaves are going gold

The Black Walnut leaves are going gold

One of the typical sights that we see here in late September are the tent moths forming their webs in the black walnut trees. They showed up this week. This is not the best photo, and the web looks like a face, but here is a tent moth web. There are already at least a dozen on the road on my way to work.

Tent moth webs are early

Tent moth webs are early

So, I have already mentioned that the Digger Pines are shedding, but did I mention that the Redwoods are too?

The Redwoods are shedding too!

The Redwoods are shedding too!

Here is one final shot for you. This one is in the American River Canyon. The leaves on these trees are turning a golden brown!

Trees in the canyon are changing color

Trees in the canyon are changing color

We also have flowers here that are called Naked Ladies. In some areas these are past their prime in blooming and starting to fade. These do not come up until the end of August! As I said in a previous post, we are anticipating harvest of the wine grapes to begin two weeks earlier than in a normal season. Are these signs that fall is coming early? You tell me!

Thank you for visiting today and have a fantastic Thursday!

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The leaves have left most of the trees and shrubs here in the Sierra Foothills, and I bid a fond adieu to Fall.

Thank you fall for your beautiful colors in our trees..

Pistachio Tree in full color

And the wonderful colors that we found this season along the rivers…

The beautiful Poplars along the American River

Farewell to the beautiful colors in our fields…

Fielda aglow with fall color

And farewell to the colors in our beautiful mountains…

I wish nature a good slumber and I look forward to your bursting forth in spring!

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“Words cannot possibly describe, nor vivify to you, unless you have suffered in your own person that which the words try to describe.” Mark Twain

Leaves turning, leaves burning...

Once it rains, the ferns re-emerge

The liquid amber gets dressed up for the fall

Turn the street corner and you are in awe

Turn another corner and...

A gold panner looks for gold...

Vineyards in Autumn

Leaves are turning everywhere

And the American River runs through it all!

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