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“Who says California doesn’t have seasons?” – Eagle Rock trees put on a late fall show

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EAGLE ROCK — Cecilia Alva’s phone is filled with tree photos. So, when Alva was driving on Townsend Avenue near Yosemite Drive, she just had to pull over to snap a photo to add to her tree collection. “I was just in awe,” Alva said of liquidambar trees glowing shades of orange, yellow and red on a block-long stretch of Townsend. “The colors are just lovely. Who says California doesn’t have seasons?”

Liquidambar trees, also known as sweetgum, can be found all across Eagle Rock, their colorful foliage rising above homes and arcing over streets. But the 4700 block of Townsend is one of the neighborhood hot spots for leaf peepers in search of fall color.

Leaves glowing in shades of gold and orange flutter down from the branches, piling up on lawns, sidewalks, streets and windshields. Not everyone is a fan of the trees. In addition to colorful leaves, the trees also drop spiky seed pods or fruit that are difficult to rake up as well walk over. Some towns recommend against planting liquidambar trees along streets while others have even considered declaring them a hazard. “I don’t like them,” said one Townsend Avenue resident.

The seed pods can be a pain and the leaves require frequent raking. But Carmen Gallegos has looked forward to the trees’ fall show ever since moving on to Townsend 27 years ago. She remembers that her son would get into the green trash bin to stomp down on the leaves. The thought of cutting down the tree that has covered her lawn in a sheet of yellow leaves has never crossed her mind.

“I love the trees.”

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“I love the trees” – Carmen Gallegos

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Liquid amber trees glow red and orange on Vincent Avenue

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Cecilia Alva takes a photo of Townsend Avenue fall foliage

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3 comments

  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing these photos.

  2. Really lovely photo documentation of this colorful event.

  3. Beautiful views! Stunning Fall colors that you’d see in Vermont. 👌💛

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