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The Autumn Leaves

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Sep 29, 2011

I lived for a time in New England, and still get there for various reasons. The foliage there this time of year is spectacular, and we actually have something along those lines nearby that requires a road trip, not a plane ride.

Wine Country in Sonoma and Napa counties.

You don't get the majestic Green and White Mountain views, or the lakes that adorn that countryside. That said, I have over the years traversed the country roads in the North Bay, and it is a gorgeous time of year to spend some time in that vicinity.

Wine tasting optional. There are some good tours of the vineyards, and this is a great time to see those big grapes and the beautiful oolors of the leaves on the grapevines.

Raking leaves not required.

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Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Sep 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

Hi Paul -- You and others might also want to look around Palo Alto in the next few weeks. There are some magical streets that include everything from bright-yellow gingko trees that rain their leaves onto the street and sidewalk to various multi-colored trees. I've often thought there should be a photo collection of the most colorful streets, blocks or cul-de-sacs. Nominations, anyone?

Some years back I toured Vermont and New Hampshire to catch the magical foliage. I commented on its beauty to an older woman selling maple syrup at a roadside stand, gesturing across the road. "That's the only view I've ever seen," she confided, as she had staffed the syrup stand during "tourist season" since she was a girl. Still a nice view, but a narrow one. -jay

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Posted by leaves
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Every year this season,when I was walking on the street full of fallen leaves,listening to the crunching sound of my feet stepping on it, it reminds me the things or people in the past,like broken leaves in a broken pieces of time.So sad.

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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm


I agree with you that we can take in some pleasant autumnal arboreal experiences right here in Palo Alto. (it does require me to rake leaves where I live!)

The notion of a drive and visits to an area not frequented that displays dramatic colors this time of year is another, different experience.

IMHO, you cannot beat New England, and it is good that we can enjoy the colors of the fall season in "this neck of the woods." Or the grapevines.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Jay, didn't one of your photogs do exactly that - a photo essay on autumn views in the last year or two? I recall she asked online for suggestions & I made one.

At least in this part of Calif. we do have 4 seasons, milder than other places perhaps, but still seasons.

As I type this, I currently have a friend on the east coast on an autumn tour. I hope to witness it some time myself.

I also agree re wine country. I love it there Sept-Nov, even though Sept is hot. Some of the lovely country roads are wonderful to drive on. It does make a lovely road trip! Thanks for the reminder, Paul.

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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

Time for editing...
"beautiful oolors"

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Posted by kathy H
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I was in Boston last weekend Sept 9 through Oct 2nd, no fall color at all, very disappointing. of course it rained 3 days out of 4 anyway, so not great weather for leaf peeping so to speak! Foliage map says color still not peak in Mass Web Link

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