It’s transition season. We’ve finally left northern California’s hot season behind as mid autumn approaches. Redwood Regional Park was cool and a little windy today. Breezes carried the sharp, tingling scent of bay laurel. Redwoods covered Stream Trail with dark shade. Birds were silent today; one Stellar’s squawked, and one chestnut backed chickadee twittered. Sunset rushed towards us, strengthening the forest’s peaceful darkness.
Meantime, many trees blaze with the vanishing day. Many people say that northern California lacks dramatic autumns. It’s true that we don’t get the spectacular displays that eastern forests give. But California hazel, big leaf maple, and willows turn bright yellow. Poison oak and a few introduced trees add orange and crimson to the mix. Be patient. Autumn may hide and tease, but it’s here.