Valley's fall foliage in full view, but maybe not for long

local@modbee.comNovember 20, 2012 

— Nature has rolled out its fall line, and all the area's hottest trees — from ginkgos to Chinese pistache — are resplendent in golden yellows, bright oranges and deep crimsons. Yes, it's pretty much the same show as last year (and every year before that), but it's a timeless, classic look.

Problem is, these colors will be flying off the trees, so we have to take in their beauty quickly. The forecast for the Modesto area calls for a 65 percent chance of showers today from a weather system that was starting to move through Northern California late Tuesday. Rain and wind will take the leaves from trees to gutters in what seems like no time at all.

The good news: Dry weather is expected to return for the Thanksgiving holiday and remain through the weekend, although forecasters predict a strong possibility of fog in the night and morning hours.

For those looking to burn off a few calories after the Thanksgiving feast, here are some areas around Modesto to take walks among the autumn hues:

Modesto Junior College: Some of these older neighborhoods are painted with brilliant yellows, as well as the bright reds and oranges of the Chinese pistache. Start at College Avenue from MJC and head north, making sure to scope the side streets.

Graceada and Enslen parks: After a picnic in the park, take a stroll along Park, Stoddard and Morris avenues, as well as their neighboring streets.

East Morris Avenue and High Street: Established neighborhoods such as this one north of Scenic Drive and east of McHenry Avenue have larger trees that fill with color. Some of the leaves on these narrow streets are so bright, they're practically fluorescent.

La Loma: During fall, the canopy over some neighborhoods south of Dry Creek, between El Vista and La Loma avenues, turns a bright gold.

On The Bee's Facebook page, our friends have shared thoughts on where to fall in love with fall:

Toui Sengchanh: "There is this beautiful tree, yellow and white, in front of the A.I.R. building on Oakdale Road. And Orangeburg, I can never stop looking at it this morning when I was waiting for the light on the Oakdale intersection. Reminds me of my Army days in Virginia or my annual business trip to Pennsylvania."

Jorge and Ellen Garcia: "Any of the beautiful tree-lined streets in Turlock,around Minaret, Berkeley … great spots!"

Laura Riddell: "CSU Stanislaus campus in Turlock has some very beautiful yellow/green ginkgo trees and many more types that are flaming red now, too."

Adriana Padilla: "Cummins Drive, off of Blue Gum."

Becky Whitton: "West side of Modesto near Tuolumne Golf Course."

Carl Skaggs: "Dorset off of Rose and Floyd."

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