Friday, October 8, 2010
The California Black Oaks in this region are putting on a variety show. Some have produced no acorns this year and their leaves are turning many bright shades of red, orange and yellow. The one I photographed yesterday had many healthy-looking acorns, but the leavesmostly still green, were beginning to turn brown and decompose without developing bright colors. Another view of oaks coming soon will feature their bark. The recent rains and relatively warm afternoons have caused the mosses to green up and the lichens to brighten. Will go in search of photo ops of these items tomorrow. The scientific name, Quercus kelloggii, honors a California physician and amateur botanist who was a man ahead of his time. Check out a bio of Albert Kellogg. Interesting. I named this blog in his honor.