Seasonal Colors in SoCal

Granted, Southern California with its mediterranean climate is blessed with an absence of “real” winter as I know it from Germany* but there are certain indicators for seasons here as well. With the arrival of autumn and winter storms (our “wet season”), fresh green begins to pop up everywhere, immediately, and right now, the Toyon bushes (Heteromeles arbutifolia) carry their bright red berries, which are called Christmas Berries, or California Holly. Together with the evergreen oaks, it’s a display of “the” classic Christmas color combination of red and green. Just a pinch of gold or silver is missing. :-)

Bright red Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) berries at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, California. November 2013.
Bright red Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) berries at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, California. November 2013.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can not only but fine art prints, but also – just in time for the season, of course! – greeting cards in my shop. So if you’re looking for winter themed photos right now, have a look at the “Seasons – Winter” gallery, for example.

*) in reality though, we have a choice if the conditions are right: spend a morning at the beach, drive up to the mountains and into the snow, and then go further east to warm up in the desert – what a life!

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