Town Square

Post a New Topic

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.

Comments (6)

Like this comment
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

Like this comment
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.

Like this comment
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.

Like this comment
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.

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

Time for editing...
"beautiful oolors"

Like this comment
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

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Why contentious local politics? More examples from ADU at Council
By Douglas Moran | 49 comments | 2,075 views

Food Party! 420
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 1,432 views

What Are Your Gifts that Must Be Shared?
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 550 views


Best Of Palo Alto ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Palo Alto" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.