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The Warm Colors of Fall in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Leaves are turning shades of gold, yellow, wine red, cranberry, and strawberry jam. East and West Zayante Roads are great places to see the seasons change, but you probably have your own favorite spots. Oaks, sycamores, locust trees, dogwoods, madrones, and street trees like Liquidambar are suddenly alight with hot color and cool patches of bare bark. Even the Ponderosa pines are suddenly filled with golden brown needles, ready to fly with the next breeze. Tree squirrels are practically apoplectic at this time of year, running madly up and back, jaws full of bounty and pausing only to chatter and scold nearby jays, crows, and skulking predators, waiting for the chance at a furry Fall feast.

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