With the mild winters of our Mediterranean climate, California has more evergreen trees and fewer plants with brilliant fall colors than colder places like New England. Nonetheless, we have some fall colors. These photos were taken at dawn on November 13, a bright, clear morning.
This ginkgo biloba tree is lit by the rising sun. The ginkgo leaves turn yellow in the fall. The dawn light is very directional, with the side of the tree facing the sun much brighter lit than the back side. The sun hasn’t risen high enough to light the base of the tree.
This heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon), a California native plant, is an evergreen with red berries at Christmas.