Sunday Stills: #Yellow Leaves of Autumn

sunshine yellow leaf
sunshine yellow leaf

This Veteran’s Day weekend finds me relaxing at home amidst the changing Autumn landscape here in Sacramento.

As a city with a large urban forest and a “City of Trees” distinction, Sacramento’s Autumn show does not disappoint once the leaves begin to color. Between Vet’s Day and Thanksgiving (barring any crazy wind or storms) the fall colors reach their peak at this time. Fall here in 2019 got a slow start due to almost record-breaking heat, compounded by dry northerly winds that sparked several California wildfires.

As one drives along the various roads and freeways around town, the changing Autumn canopy is a riot of yellows, reds, oranges, browns, and greens.

Autumn splendor on campus
Campus view on my drive home

Not only does the Sacramento area boast a dense tree canopy that exceeds or rivals other cities like Boston, Paris, and Amsterdam, the Sacramento State University campus is a microcosm of native California trees and a lot more.

Every year, the ginkgo trees show their fluttery, fan-shaped leaves in a riot of yellow. You can see the color change below from this week’s post on Instagram. Last year during Thanksgiving week, the yellow was at its peak and I got a kick out of watching folks armed with cameras and cellphones stopping for photo ops!

I captured this 3-D effect of fallen ginkgo leaves last year floating in a rain puddle.

Fallen Leaves float in puddle amid the reflection of the tree from which they fell
Ginkgo leaves float in a recent puddle

Last week we visited Apple Hill where I captured the beautiful yellows of grape leaves in the Fenton-Herriot Winery’s vineyards. Those evergreens in the background are all over Sacramento and make a wonderful backdrop to the spectacular Fall colors.

grape leaves

What does Autumn look like where you live? Or if you are located in the southern hemisphere where spring is in full swing, do you have some favorite yellow flowers or leaves to share this week?

I’m linking this post with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow and for Dawn’s Festival of Leaves! Please share your yellow leaves and other flora to help celebrate nature!

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Aero and the Kennel

Aero-and-the-kennel

Aero looks up at me with his liquid brown eyes as if to say, “Mom, don’t make me go into that kennel.”

Aero-and-the-kennel

This was Aero’s kennel when he was a wee pup. I got it out recently to check it out for size to help out a friend who just got a puppy. I placed Aero next to it to show the size scale for the photo, and this was the face I got from him.

Feel free to take part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. There is a new theme each week. This week’s theme was maroon or burgundy.

Peachy Sunset

Peachy-Sunset

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, the theme is Peach or Apricot.

Here is a peachy sunset for your pleasure today!

Peachy-Sunset

This is a photo of the sunset over the Sacramento River delta looking northwest.

After a fun day windsurfing, exhausted sailors enjoy an adult beverage with a spectacular view!

Turquoise Waters and Sky

Kites-and-Sails

Turquoise is the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. While the photos themselves are full of turquoise and other hues of blue, the fun they exude is in the eye of the beholder.

I love how the kites from the nearby kite boarders are juxtaposed over the area where the windsurfers enter the water.

Kites-and-Sails

Of course, no photo essay to describe turquoise would be complete without a shot of the beautiful blues found within Lake Tahoe.

Turquoise-Waters-of-Lake-Tahoe

What activities would you take part in if you found yourself next to Lake Tahoe?

These photos were submitted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal or Turquoise.