I was a bit surprised to learn that some areas collect fees from people wishing to see fall foliage. Homes in the suburbs have changed the natural habitat over the past six decades. Native trees and vegetation were ripped from the grounds and replaced by single-family homes, apartments, townhouse, and condominiums. Families either have to visit a state or national park to get a view of the colors of fall or depend on others to let them know where to see glorious leaves of gold, bronze, and crimson.
Driving along Hwy 80W between Fernley and Reno, Nevada presents a wonderful opportunity to see the vegetation ready itself for winter. It is about a 60 mile drive on well-maintained highway. Plan a daycation by packing a lunch, some bottles of water, and a digital camera.
Sagebrush is the official state flower of Nevada. It provides a golden color to the hills and much of the flat acreage in Northern Nevada. Lilacs, apricots, maples, and cottonwoods begin their impressive change, as do the vines that entwine with tree branches and climb fences. Long green pods turn brown and burst open to drop seeds on the ground for next year's growth.
Beautiful climbing vines gradually changes to russet, copper, and red, highlighting the deep green of the leaves that have yet to change. Edit your pictures for easy posting in blogs, FB, and emails. Friends around the world may return the favor by sharing a view of their autumn foliage with you.