If your up in the mountains the Dog Wood are the first to
welcome Spring and first indicators of Fall.
Their beautiful red leaves start to appear little be little as the days
cool and by the first frost they will be scarlet red, from top to bottom.
Like lace drapes that move with the wind, between the steadfast pines and firs.
On the valley floor, Fall is signaled by the rice harvest, and
in the Sacramento Valley rice is king. It starts with the draining of
the checks, and soon the emerald green field will be as dry and yellow
and the surrounding landscape. No longer supported by water, the rice
heads curve and the fields begin to lay down and dry,
awaiting the harvesters.